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What Will Happen to 'Riverdale' Without Luke Perry? Everything We Know About Show's Future After Actor's Death

Riverdale has become popular series among teens and young adults following its October 2017 debut on The CW, but the show will likely look a little bit different with the absence of late actor Luke Perry.

Perry died on Monday after suffering from a "massive stroke." His death came days after he was hospitalized. Paramedics responded to a call at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, at around 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday morning. At the time, his reps confirmed to Newsweek that the actor was "under observation at the hospital" and not in a medically induced coma, despite what some reports suggested. He was 52.

"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée 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," a statement issued to BuzzFeed News read on Monday. "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."

While Perry was best known for playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 2000, he was most recently featured on Riverdale as Fred Andrews. Fred was the father to KJ Apa's lead character Archie Andrews and the estranged husband to Molly Ringwald's recurring character Mary Andrews. 

Luke Perry as Fred on Riverdale Luke Perry is pictured as Fred Andrews on "Riverdale" Season 2, Episode 22 on May 16, 2018. The actor died on Monday, March 4, 2019, after suffering from a "massive stroke." Dean Buscher/The CW

According to Variety, production on Riverdale has been shut down in the wake of Perry's death. The show is in the midst of airing episodes from its twisty Season 3. Executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Jon Goldwater and Sarah Schechter issued a joint statement on Perry's death with The CW and Warner Bros. However, it's uncertain how Riverdale will handle what to do with Fred amid Perry's death.

"We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry," the statement began, "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 was also released via the Riverdale writer's official Twiter profile amid Perry's death. The writers wrote how he was "a joyful and vibrant soul" that will be "remembered forever."

Riverdale typically airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. 

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