Perry, who died at age 52 on Monday, March 4, after suffering a massive stroke, portrayed Fred Andrews on the CW drama. The show’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed via Twitter on Wednesday, March 6
Earlier on Wednesday, Aguirre-Sacasa, along with fellow executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater, released a statement regarding Perry’s untimely passing: “A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart and a true friend to all.”
The cast also honored the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum with heartfelt social media messages. “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,” Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper) tweeted on Monday. “I’m thinking of his family. His children, I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss. I just can’t believe it.”
Molly Ringwald, who portrays Perry’s estranged wife, Mary Andrews, also tweeted on Monday: “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. #LukePerry.”
Perry spoke to Us Weekly exclusively in October 2018 about what amount featuring on Riverdale has intended to him and how he appreciates going about as a dad figure to the more youthful cast individuals. “The thing I let them know, and I know this with my experience from 90210, this show will go back and forth, yet you have these individuals for whatever is left of your life,” he told Us at the season of the affectionate cast and team. “That is one of the best takeaways of this circumstance. You can have these companions for whatever remains of your life.