‘Riverdale’ cast pay touching tribute to Luke Perry before CW drama honors fallen star – USA TODAY


Bryan Alexander


Published 7:55 PM EDT Oct 9, 2019

CW’s “Riverdale” will feature an emotional goodbye to Luke Perry, patriarch Fred Andrews on the show.

Last season’s production schedule meant “Riverdale” was unable to address Perry’s shocking March death following a massive stroke at age 52, and likewise Fred’s departure from the series.

Wednesday’s Season 4 premiere, featuring an appearance by Perry’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum Shannen Doherty, tackles the official farewell at last.

But cast members paid respect to the beloved Perry in advance.

Skeet Ulrich, who plays F.P. Jones, posted a photograph of Perry’s beloved baseball cap on Instagram.

“This was Luke’s favorite hat…he left it on my kitchen counter a week before he passed,” wrote Ulrich. “We talked several times that week about getting it back to him. Luke, you left WAY more than a hat! We miss you and keep you in our hearts every single day. Thank you for all you gave the world, tonight is for you.”

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“We miss you everyday Luke,”  tweeted Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom. “Tonight is the season premiere of ‘Riverdale’ season 4 and also our episode honoring our beloved Luke. Every single person who works on this show put their heart and soul into this episode.”

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“Tonight, #Riverdale season 4 premieres and it is the most important episode we’ve ever filmed,” Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, tweeted Monday. “A tribute to our friend and father Luke Perry. Please tune in if you can.”

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