Production on The CW's Riverdale has been shut down for a second day following the death of Luke Perry.
"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," Riverdale executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Warner Bros. Television and The CW, said in a statement yesterday after news of Perry's death broke.
"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 on Monday morning, days after it was reported that the actor had suffered a massive stroke.
According to People, the actor remained under "heavy sedation" for five days following the stroke.
“He never regained consciousness,” this website explains.
“Things were so dire that they put him under heavy sedation. He was gone, basically, by the time he got to the hospital.”
There's no telling when the show will go back into production. His co-stars (and the rest of the world) are in mourning at the loss of such a talented individual.
Perry played Fred Andrews, the father of Archie Andrews on the series. He won a lot of praise for the role, and the show will not be the same without him.
It's likely that the show's writing team will need to rework some of the scenes to explain Perry's absence, but The CW will likely reveal details on that in due course.
The statement from Perry's rep, confirming the actor's death yesterday, reads as follows:
Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke/ He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends.
The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning.
No further details will be released at this time.
A new episode of Riverdale is still slated to air on Wednesday at 8/7c.
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