UPDATE: MARCH 4, 2019, 4:13 P.M. EST
Riverdale executive producers, Warner Bros. Television and the CW have released a joint statement, seen below. Now, it’s being revealed production has halted on the series.
Entertainment Weekly reports that production has temporarily shut down on the Riverdale set, which films in Vancouver.
Perry’s representative Arnold Robinson also shared he was surrounded by loved ones when he passed:
“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.”
Riverdale was renewed for a fourth season in January, but cast members (including Perry) weren’t confirmed as season 3 is still airing through May. However, TMZ reports he was shooting scenes prior to his hospitalization.
ORIGINAL STORY: MARCH 4, 2019, 2:51 P.M. EST
Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry passed away at age 52 following hospitalization for a massive stroke last week. Now, Riverdale executive producers, Warner Bros. Television and the CW have released a joint statement.
The statement, which included executive producers Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, was shared to social media:
“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. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
A statement from Riverdale’s executive producers, Warner Bros., and The CW. pic.twitter.com/1YNhbaupHv
— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) March 4, 2019
More on Luke Perry’s passing
Perry suffered a massive stroke Feb. 27 and was hospitalized. He passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California Monday morning, according to TMZ. A cause of death has not been revealed.
Paramedics responded to Perry’s home in Sherman Oaks Wednesday morning. At the time, the actor’s condition was unclear as Perry’s rep stated he was under observation.
It was later reported that he was either sedated or placed in a medically induced coma as several conflicting reports arose.
Perry is currently most well-known for portraying Fred Andrews, Archie Andrews’ (KJ Apa) dad on Riverdale. He has been with the show since its 2017 debut.
Prior to his involvement in the Riverdale universe, Perry is best known for a different teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210.
Last week, Fox announced Beverly Hills, 90210 ordered a reboot. However, Perry wasn’t listed as one of the returning cast members. Only Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling were confirmed.
The series will have six episodes, which will air this summer under 90210 (not to be confused with the 2008 spin-off of the same name).
As for Riverdale, season 3 kicked off in Oct. 2018 with episodes airing through May. The series was renewed for a fourth season in January, but cast members (including Perry) weren’t confirmed as season 3 is still airing. However, TMZ reports he was shooting scenes in Los Angeles prior to his hospitalization.
Perry will also appear in Quentin Tarantino upcoming Charles Manson biopic Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and more and is set for a July 26 release.
Our thoughts are with Luke Perry’s friends and family at this time.