Following the sudden passing of Luke Perry, the production of the CW hit series ‘Riverdale’ has been shut down.

 

 

Luke, who suffered a massive stroke and passed away earlier this week, played Fred Andrews, the father of Archie Andrews.  A statement was issued by the show’s executive producers, Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, Warner BROS. Television and The CW stating, “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,” the statement continued. “Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”

 

 

 

Entertainment Tonight revealed that a source explained ‘the Riverdale production will pick up later this week and counselling will be offered to all cast and crew.’  Kelly Ripa (Live With Kelly and Ryan) spoke about Luke’s passing and her husband, Mark Consuelos,  starred on Riverdale as Hiram Lodge, Veronica’s father.  Kelly says, “In all of the years I’ve known Luke Perry and especially with Mark and Luke working on Riverdale and especially getting to know him on a more personal level outside of the show, he is one of the only people in show business I’ve never had a show business conversation with.  We talked about our kids, we talked about our relationships, we talked about raising our kids in this cockamamie show business life and making them conscientious or normal — whatever that means.  I have to say, this was a good, good man. You won’t see a person say otherwise.  He’s a good man, a good soul, conscientious, a gentleman, a dear friend of our family, of the Live family.”

 

Here’s what the cast and crew of Riverdale had to say about Luke’s passing (below).

 

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

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Love you bud

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Thinking of this amazing man. We love you Luke ??

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Love you Luke

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Love you my brother.

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