After Luke Perry died unexpectedly in March, his fans and co-stars alike have been waiting for the right moment to properly mourn him. Well, that time has finally come. Tonight, Perry’s show Riverdale will air its tribute episode to the late star. If the episode alone isn’t enough to make you cry, then the Riverdale cast’s Instagrams about Luke Perry will surely do the trick. Their emotional posts show just how important Perry was to the entire Riverdale family.
Perry became famous starring in a different teen drama in the 1990s: Beverly Hills, 90210. Almost 20 years later, he took on the role of Archie Andrews’ (KJ Apa) dad Fred on Riverdale. But, when he suffered a massive stroke and died in March 2019, Season 3 of the series was still unfinished. The producers decided to finish the season as they had planned so that they could take the time to properly devote an entire episode Perry and his character Fred. That’s what audiences will get to see tonight, as Archie deals with the loss of his father. Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly:
Now that the episode devoted to Perry is here, the Riverdale cast is taking to Instagram to honor him in real life in addition to on the show. Marisol Nichols, who plays Veronica Lodge’s mom Hermione, posted a simple selfie with Perry and wrote, "This one’s for you my friend."
Lili Reinhart posted a few photos of Perry and wrote the heartfelt message:
Reinhart also posted her "all time favorite picture of him," which was taken by her co-star Cole Sprouse.
Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom, posted a photo of herself with Perry and wrote about what a generous mentor he was to her. She wrote:
Skeet Ulrich, who plays FP Jones, posted an Instagram of a hat that Perry left on his kitchen counter before he died, saying that Perry "left WAY more than a hat" behind.
That same hat makes an appearance in Aguirre-Sacasa’s Instagram in honor of Perry. He posted a photo of Perry with Ulrich, Sprouse, and Apa.
Aguirre-Sacasa wrote, "As Archie says about his dad, ‘You will always be a part of Riverdale.’" That’s surely enough to get the tears flowing, and that’s before even watching the tribute episode itself.
Season 4 of Riverdale airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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