Production has been suspended on Riverdale following the death of actor Luke Perry.
Perry played Fred Andrews, the father of main character Archie (K.J. Apa), in the hit TV series and appeared in 52 episodes since its 2016 premiere.
Filming on Riverdale season three was suspended following the news of his death to allow cast and crew time to grieve. In a statement, the show’s executive producers, studio Warner Bros. TV, and US network The CW said: “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.”
A statement from Riverdale’s executive producers, Warner Bros., and The CW. pic.twitter.com/1YNhbaupHv
— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) March 4, 2019
It is currently unknown how much filming Perry completed for Riverdale season three or how the show will handle his death.
Perry’s Riverdale co-stars, including Molly Ringwald, Lili Reinhart, and Cole Sprouse, have all paid tribute to the star in the wake of his death.
The Killers have also honoured the actor by remembering his appearance in the music video for their 2009 Christmas track, ‘¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!’ “So sad to lose Luke Perry,” the Las Vegas band wrote on Instagram. “He did an amazing job in “¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!” for no compensation, because all went to charity. An honor to have him in the video. He will be greatly missed.”
Perry is due to make his final movie appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood later this year.