Wednesday’s season premiere of Riverdale was dedicated to Luke Perry, who died earlier this year after suffering a stroke. Perry played Fred Andrews in the series, the father of principal character Archie Andrews.
After Perry’s untimely death, the series was forced to explain Fred’s departure from the show. The storyline was that Fred died after being struck by a car while helping a stranded motorist.
The motorist in the episode was played by none other than Perry’s former Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate, Shannen Doherty. Her appearance caused quite a buzz on social media, as she had such a long history with Perry.
While many fans paid their respects to Perry online, some of the most notable were from his series castmates.
this episode is a tribute to luke and a farewell to fred, a character that luke portrayed with so much heart and soul. i hope you appreciate tonight’s premiere as much as we do. we gave our hearts and souls ♥️ #riverdale— Camila Mendes (@CamilaMendes) October 10, 2019
This marked the second television tribute to Perry, who was also honored during the premiere of BH90210. Perry was 52 when he died.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CW.
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