Luke Perry, who passed away yesterday after suffering a stroke, was known for many iconic television shows and movies, but his current role was playing Archie Andrews' father, Fred Andrews, on the hit CW show Riverdale.
Since Perry's death, his Riverdale co-stars have been paying tribute to him in a series of social media posts.
Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, shared her disbelief on Twitter.
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 (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
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.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
Warner Bros and the CW have posted comments on the actor's passing as well. Their statement read:
"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."
The official Twitter for the Riverdale Writers Room also paid tribute.
Luke Perry... you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
Perry's on-screen wife, Molly Ringwald, commented on Twitter.
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
Co-stars Ross Butler and Madchen Amick both posted to Instagram, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the showrunner of Riverdale, shared a touching message to Twitter.
So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about...everything. I will miss those calls. And my heart goes out to all his family and friends. ? pic.twitter.com/2GaFkV2mI7— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 4, 2019
Perry's co-stars and friends from other projects are also paying tribute. Shannen Doherty, his co-star on Beverly Hills, 90210, has posted an emotional message, as well as his Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Kristy Swanson.
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Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me. I’m struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives. Processing this is impossible right now.
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I abruptly woke at 4:30am thinking about you Luke & I couldn’t go back to sleep, then 5 hours later I hear you are gone. The tears won’t stop & they never ever will. You were that guy, that forever friend, we always had each others back & I will always remember you this way...
Luke Perry will surely be missed.