Riverdale pays tribute to Luke Perry in first episode since his death

The first episode of Riverdale since the passing of actor Luke Perry, after he suffered a ‘massive stroke’, has seen producers pay tribute to the 52-year-old.

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 actor played Fred Andrews in Riverdale and won over a new generation of fans with his portrayal of the popular character.

Just days after his sudden death, Luke’s character was central in the latest episode of Riverdale, as he comforted his on-screen son, played by KJ Apa, after he had been stabbed.

At the end of the episode, the 14th of the third season, an in memoriam card came up with Perry’s name and the years of his birth and death (1966-2019).

Earlier, the creator of Riverdale said the remaining episodes of the show will be dedicated to Perry.

Riverdale producers have paid tribute to Luke Perry

Luke Perry will be sorely missed by Riverdale cast members

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa posted a behind-the-scenes shot of the cast on Twitter and said: “Going through pictures on my way to set. From the early days. With Luke in the middle. Our heart, always. Tonight’s episode of #Riverdale finds Fred doing what he does best – helping Archie.

“It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run.”

The star died on Monday surrounded by his loved ones at a hospital in California.

Luke Perry with his daughter

He is believed to have been sedated after being admitted to the medical centre and never woke up.

A new report now suggests he was on life support as doctors hoped his brain might have been able to recover.

Luke Perry during 1992 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles

However, his condition did not improve and his family faced the terrible decision of letting him die naturally.

A source told US Weekly : “Luke’s loved ones were hoping they’d pull him out of it after 48 hours or so but he never recovered…

“It was devastating [for the family to make that decision].”

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