Riverdale cast, crew remember Luke Perry as 'father figure' with a 'giant heart'
Perry was best known for playing heartthrob Dylan McKay on the hit show Beverly Hills, 90210 for 10 years. Following 90210, Perry went on to have roles in HBO’s Oz, Criminal Minds, and more before landing the role of Fred Andrews on The CW’s Riverdale. Riverdale, which is based on the Archie Comics, became a fast hit for the network with Perry playing the father of Archie Andrews. Fred Andrews is arguably the most down-to-earth character on the show. He owns a construction business and spends most of his time (rightfully) worrying about what trouble his son has gotten into on any given day.
With Perry’s death, there’s no word yet on how the show will handle the character of Fred moving forward, but Warner Bros., The CW, and executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. 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. A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
Below, see how more of the Riverdale family remembered Perry on social media.
Additionally, Ringwald gave the following statement to EW: “I can’t even begin to express the shock and sorrow I feel by the untimely death of my friend Luke Perry. He was one of the kindest, caring souls I’ve ever worked with. An incredible committed and proud father to his kids and a constant loyal friend to those he loved. I consider myself so lucky to have counted myself among them. With the many other people who adored him, his loss will be felt for a long long time. I miss him terribly.”
Perry’s co-star Madchen Amick also released a statement to EW: “I’m absolutely heartbroken of the news that we lost someone so incredibly special. Luke had become a dear friend. We laughed. We cried. We shared our showbiz war stories. We shared how proud we are as parents. I knew that he was always there for me no matter what. I’m so thankful for the time that we had together. He was an incredibly loving and generous man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family right now. I will love you forever Luke.”
On March 7, PEOPLE talked to Cole Sprouse on a red carpet for his new film Five Feet Apart and asked about his best memories of Perry. “There’s a thousand things. All of us are — I don’t think there was a single bad thing I’ve ever heard said about that guy, truly. He is so loved. California is crying right now,” Sprouse said, adding, “We were all so close to him and we all cared for him so much. He had this way of speaking that was so hyper-passionate, and he would speak, right around here to your face. He would get very close and it immediately removed all of your walls, it was this beautiful way that he had of speaking, and he would latch onto topics so passionately. We are all still very much in the grieving process, but he seems more like the kind of guy that would want us all celebrating his funny stories rather than sitting around lamenting, and I have tremendous respect for his family who’s asked for a lot of privacy in this period. So yeah, nothing but respect.”