Beloved actor, Luke Perry, was best known for his role on the hit TV series, Beverly Hills, 90210, the first Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie, and, more recently, of course, for playing Archie Andrews' dad, Fred Andrews, on Netflix's Riverdale. Though his latest role saw him once again cross over onto the big screen in a new Tarantino-directed movie.
Perry sadly passed away aged fifty-two in March this year after suffering a massive stroke. His family and loved ones, including daughter, Sophie, and son, Jack, stayed by his side until the end.
As the actor was still starring in hit teen show, Riverdale, when he tragically passed away, producers had to come up with a way to write his character out of the show. And now, 7 months after his untimely death, during this week's season 4 premiere, viewers watched Fred Andrews get a touching farewell and bid the actor an emotional goodbye.
Grab a box of tissues, because it's about to get really emotional...
Luke Perry rose to TV stardom in the '90s.The actor played the rebellious teen heartthrob, Dylan McKay, on Aaron Spelling’s cult classic, Beverly Hills, 90210.
He also starred in the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie.It might not be the Buffy that you remember (aka the Sarah Gellar version), but Perry played Pike in the original movie in 1992.
The star also took a successful stab at broadway...In 2002, he made his Broadway debut as Brad in a revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
But, of course, his passion lay with TV and film.In 2006, he returned to network TV full time, starring in the NBC drama, Windfall, although the show only lasted for 1 season. Perry also returned to the big screen and resumed his TV guest appearances, including a nine-episode spot on FCU: Fact Checkers Unit.
More recently, he's been known for his role in Riverdale.Out of all of his recent TV gigs, Riverdale is probably the biggest. The show has propelled to stardom since its first season aired in 2017, and, with it, its star-studded cast, which, of course, includes Perry. The actor plays Fred Andrews in the popular teen Netflix hit.
However, the actor sadly passed away in March.Perry was hospitalized following a massive stroke, but, heartbreakingly, passed away days after, aged just fifty-two, surrounded by his family.
He was still starring in Riverdale when he passed away.The cast was devasted by the news and production on the show was temporarily halted to allow his co-workers to come to terms with his tragic death.
Emotional tributes from his Riverdale co-stars came flooding in following his untimely death.Madelaine Petsch, who stars as Cheryl Blossom on the show, took to Instagram to write: "Luke, I am so lucky to have known you & gotten so close to you these last 3 years. You were such a light in our lives; the most genuine & kind soul I will ever know." Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, was also amongst the castmates to pay tribute, writing: "I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us."
Producers then paid tribute to Perry in the sweetest way...
Aside from Riverdale, many of the star's A-list friends took to social media to voice their support.
Perry's daughter, Sophie, also penned a touching message to her late father.
When he passed away back in March, Sophie posted this:
Sophie then shared several childhood snaps ahead of Father's Day.
Sophie has honored her father once again with the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Sophie finished off her touching tribute by expressing how proud her dad was of the movie.
As Perry was still starring in Riverdale when he passed away, producers have had to write him out of the show.
He was killed off during the first 5 minutes of the show.Titled "In Memoriam," the episode opens with Fred’s son, Archie, receiving a phone call from police inside Pop’s Diner before he drops his phone and falls to his knees.
In the next scene, Archie is at home when a cop tells him Fred had died in a tragic hit and run.He tells both Archie and his mother how Fred decided to stop and help a motorist on the side of the road, but while coming to the stranger's aid, he was killed in a hit and run.
Later in the episode, he is laid to rest.Initially, Archie is determined to find out who killed his dad, and even tracks down the stranger he assisted before being killed. But, later on, his funeral takes place while a moving rendition of "Amazing Grace" plays, and several characters place roses on his casket.
The scenes have touched viewers.
I’m really speechless I didn’t stop crying though the whole episode. you felt the love that the crew and cast had f… https://t.co/PDmtFifCX2— Lindsay (@Lindsay)1570670778.0