"We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry," Riverdale executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater, along with producer Warner Bros. TV and The CW, told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
Perry passed away Monday morning after suffering a "massive" stroke last Wednesday. The actor was 52.
Perhaps best known for his role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, Perry has starred in The CW's Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale as Archie's beloved father Fred Andrews since the series premiere. Since his wife Mary (Molly Ringwald) left to pursue a career in Chicago, Fred has acted as his son's sole guardian, guiding him through the trials and tribulations of life in the not-so-peppy town.
Airing Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Miller, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry.