No dia 28 de fevereiro, o ator Luke Perry, responsável por dar vida ao pai de Archie (KJ Apa) em "Riverdale", foi internado no hospital por conta de um AVC. Na época, foram divulgadas poucas informações sobre o seu estado de saúde, mas parecia estar tudo bem. No entanto, na última segunda-feira (4), o ator piorou e faleceu, deixando sua família e amigos devastados. Além disso, a equipe de "Riverdale" também ficou arrasada e decidiu adiar as gravações do seriado. Através de um comunicado com a Warner Bros. Television e a CW, os produtores executivos da série confirmaram a decisão.
"Nós estamos profundamente tristes em saber sobre a morte de Luke Perry. Um adorado membro da família de Riverdale, Warner Bros. e CW, Luke era tudo que você esperava que ele fosse: um profissional consumado e incrivelmente atencioso, com um grande coração e um verdadeiro amigo para todos. Uma figura paterna e mentor para o elenco mais novo, Luke era muito generoso e enchia o set com amor e gentileza. Nossos pensamentos estão com a família de Luke durante esse momento difícil", diz o comunicado feito por Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, e Jon Goldwater. Através das redes sociais, boa parte do elenco se despediu com declarações bem emocionantes. Afinal, como já sabíamos, eram todos muito próximos.
I'm finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.
I'm thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.
- Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) 4 de março de 2019
I'm totally heartbroken. Luke took me under his wing the day I was cast and made me feel like I belonged. He was the most generous, wise soul with unmatched kindness. He treated everyone with love and joy. We had so much fun. Praying for his family.- Casey Cott (@CaseyCott) 5 de março de 2019
In the all too brief time we got to hang out on the set,I was struck by how kind , caring , gentle and loving Luke Perry was. It was clear how Loved he was by everyone around him and today was devastating seeing how genuinely broken hearted and sad everyone was by the tragic news. My heart goes out to his family, as well as his Riverdale family. What a beautiful man. What a sad day. 💔💔💔#rip Luke . #lukeperry you will be missed.
my heart is heavy. One of the kindest men I've met since I began this journey has passed. Someone who always encouraged me and everyone on set. Luke genuinely cared about everyone he worked with, and if you work in entertainment, you know how special that is. You offered to co-sign for my car when the dealership wouldn't let me finance it. I'm so lucky I was able to call you a friend in this life, Luke. It's hard to believe. Condolences to your family and friends. I hope you are at peace. I hope you are happy and safe. You deserve the most beautiful afterlife ♥️
My heart is broken ....There are so many special moments in life that we all take for granted ...like @madchenamick pulling out her phone and taking this sweet and silly 'selfie' of us all. We assume that the #laughter will last or that they'll be another time to tell someone just how important they are to you ....#lukeperry was of the most kind and gentle souls this world has ever been given .... a true gift and I'm deeply grateful and will forever cherish the time we shared .....the friendship , the talks about our kids and politics and directing and tennis and wrestling. I love you Luke and you will always hold a special place in my heart. I miss you already 😢🙏❤️#riverdalefamily #riverdalestrong