The loss of Luke Perry has hit everyone hard, including his Riverdale family.
Perry died at the age of 52 due to a massive stroke. He played the role of Archie Andrews’ father, Fred, in the hit CW series. Two days after the unexpected death of the actor, Riverdale aired its newest episode of the season.
The end of the program featured a sweet and touching tribute to Perry. It read “In Memoriam Luke Perry 1966-2019” on the black screen. The tribute episode also featured some of the notable appearances of Perry in the series, including the scene where the Andrews’ home was attacked, and Fred came to Archie’s rescue.
Production of the Riverdale series was cut short in light of Perry’s untimely death. According to Entertainment Weekly, it remained suspended on Tuesday. In a statement by the series executive producers Sarah Schechter, Greg Berlanti, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to PEOPLE, they said the cast and crew were pained and saddened by the loss of Luke Perry.
They also said that they were saddened upon hearing of the news of Perry’s passing, who was a beloved member of the CW, Riverdale, and Warner Bros. family. In their statement, they described Luke as an absolute professional with a big heart, caring, and a friend to all. The show’s young cast members also thought of Perry as a mentor and father figure who was loving, kind, and incredibly generous.
Perry has been part of the Riverdale series since the first season and has since then appeared in almost all episodes. Riverdale is currently on its third season.
In the aftermath of Perry’s death, his Riverdale co-stars including Lili Reinhart who plays Betty Cooper and Casey Cott who plays Kevin Keller, have also paid their own sweet tributes to their friend. Reinhart expressed her grief over the loss of Perry through poetry and shared a touching message to Perry in her Instagram story. “When someone you love, gets taken from you. And the small circumferences surrounding you is stuck. Frozen in a moment. Of loss. And shock. Yet the people passing you are moving at full speed,” Reinhart shared. “Did they not feel the earth shake? Or slow? Can they hear the thoughts screaming in my head? His name. His face. Memories. Flashes. Of a friend. A lost friend.”
Reinhart also wrote, “We always expect the earth to stand still. For the universe to grieve the loved ones we have lost, along with us. But it keeps moving. Maybe as a sign that we should too. The movement of strangers, like a wave taking us with them.” She ended her emotional tribute by saying that in grieving, it’s difficult to give anything.
It stated in her tribute, “So we ebb and flow with the passage of others, coasting off their energy and conserving our own. Because it’s too hard to give anything right now. To anyone. Except for him, the one we’ve lost. And I pray that he’s silently moving in tandem with us. Guiding us through the waves even when we can’t swim.”
Reinhart also expressed her sadness on Twitter, saying that she‘s finding it hard to comprehend that Perry will not long be there to share his kindness and wisdom, and to give them hugs.
Cott also paid tribute to his co-star through a touching tweet on Twitter. He said he was heartbroken over Perry’s death and that the actor has made him feel that he belonged on set. According to Cott, Perry is the most generous and wise soul with unparalleled kindness. He added that Perry treated everyone with love and joy and he was sending prayers for the actor’s family.
Perry suffered a massive stroke while in his home located at Sherman Oaks and was subsequently hospitalized on 27 February. A source told PEOPLE that Perry never regained consciousness afterward. The actor was placed under observation for five days, before passing away.
The Perry family asked that instead of sending flowers, well-wishers may send donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Fight Colorectal Cancer.