Stars of Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 – including Shannen Doherty and Molly Ringwald – have paid tribute to co-star Luke Perry, who has passed away aged 52.
The star, best known for his roles as Dylan McKay in 1990s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 and more recently as Fred Andrews in Riverdale, died after suffering a stroke last week, his family confirmed in a statement on Monday 5th March 2019.
“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,” Perry’s publicist said.
Shannen Doherty, who starred opposite Perry in 90210 as Brenda Walsh, said that she was “heartbroken” after hearing the news.
She told People, “I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind.”
Their co-star Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman) said in a statement according to ABC News: “I am absolutely heartbroken. Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many. He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog. He was a strong voice and an advocate who will be so missed by all who knew him. He has left his mark – never to be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans around the globe.”
Dearest Luke- I am so heart broken and at a loss for words. You my friend were a mighty soul and have left your mark. My love and prayers to the family and all who loved you. RIP
— Gabrielle Carteris (@TheGabrielle_C) March 4, 2019
Molly Ringwald, who played Perry’s on-screen wife in Riverdale, called Perry “one of the kindest, caring souls”.
“I can’t even begin to express the shock and sorrow I feel by the untimely death of my friend Luke Perry,” she said. “He was one of the kindest, caring souls I’ve ever worked with. An incredible committed and proud father to his kids and a constant loyal friend to those he loved. I consider myself so lucky to have counted myself among them. With the many other people who adored him, his loss will be felt for a long long time. I miss him terribly.”
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
Riverdale has temporarily shut down production following the star’s death. The series’ writers room called Perry a “joyful and vibrant soul” in a post on Twitter.
“You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever,” the message added.
Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale
— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
Leonardo DiCaprio, who co-stars alongside Perry in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, called him a “kindhearted and incredibly talented artist”.
Luke Perry was a kindhearted and incredibly talented artist. It was an honor to be able to work with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 4, 2019
Read on for more tributes to star Luke Perry below.
Ian Ziering, Beverley Hills, 90210 co-star
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Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here for those you leave behind. God please give him a seat close to to you, he deserves it.
Christine Elise McCarthy, 90210 co-star
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With the heaviest of hearts, I am stunned and devastated to tell you that Luke passed away. I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. RIP, dearie Luke. Your time here was far too short. ???
Kristy Swanson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star
I cried for hours all morning, I went up stairs around noon, as I turned the corner on the landing I was face-to-face with our movie poster, Luke’s face right there in front of me, I literally fell to my knees weeping uncontrollably. My heart keeps hurting this just can’t be real
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) March 5, 2019