'Riverdale' production shuts down in wake of Luke's Perry's death: 'He infused the set with love and kindness'

  • Riverdale” production has shut down for the day following the death of Luke Perry.
  • Perry, 52, died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, a representative for the actor confirmed to INSIDER.
  • “Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all,” executive producers for the CW show said in a statement to INSIDER.
  • “Riverdale” cast and crew are remembering the actor on social media.

The CW’s “Riverdale” has shut down production Monday and Tuesday following the death of star Luke Perry, an individual with knowledge of the situation told INSIDER.

A representative for Perry confirmed to INSIDER the 52-year-old actor died Monday after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Perry played construction worker Fred Andrews on the CW series for three seasons. He was the father of main cast member Archie Andrews (played by KJ Apa).

“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 said to INSIDER in a statement from Warner Bros. Television and The CW.

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“‘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 statement continued.

“Riverdale” cast and crew are remembering the star on social media.

Molly Ringwald played Perry’s on-screen wife on the CW series.

“Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted a second statement along with a photo of Perry wearing an “Andrews Construction” hat for his character.

Mädchen Amick, who plays Alice Cooper, mother to one of Archie’s friends, asked for Perry’s family to be given privacy.

Lili Reinhart, who plays Alice’s daughter, Cooper, remembers the wisdom Perry shared with the cast on set.

Actress Marisol Nichols, who plays Veronica Lodge’s mother, shared a photo of herself with Perry on Instagram.

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I don’t have any words now. Maybe I will later. ????

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Casey Cott plays high school student Kevin Keller on the series. He recalled his first day on set with Perry.

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Vanessa Morgan, who plays Toni Topaz, shared a photo of herself and Perry on Twitter.

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The official “Riverdale” writer’s room said on Twitter the show’s third season is “dedicated to our lovely family member and friend, Luke Perry.

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