'Riverdale' halts production following death of Luke Perry

Luke Perry was best known for playing Dylan Michael Mc Kay in Beverly Hills 90210

Luke Perry was best known for playing Dylan Michael Mc Kay in Beverly Hills 90210

Perry himself was a father to 21-year-old Jack and 18-year-old Sophie.

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Luke suffered a stroke in his home last Wednesday evening and was rushed to hospital.

"I am absolutely heartbroken", Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement to CNN. While speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet in 2008, Perry said, "I'm going to be linked with him until I die, but that's actually just fine".

"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".

Perry played Fred Andrews on the series, which is based on the characters from Archie Comics, and Molly Ringwald has a guest role as his estranged wife Mary. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind.

The show, which aired on the Fox network, was about a group of attractive high school students living the sweet life amid Southern California affluence while dealing with teen angst, as well as a raft of more serious issues such as date rape, AIDS and teen pregnancy. It became a huge global hit. I created Dylan McKay.

Perry was taken ill on the same day that Fox television announced it was reviving the series with numerous original cast, including Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

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More recently, Luke came to the attention of a new legion of fans as part of the cast of Riverdale, which airs on Netflix here in the UK.

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"R.I.P good sir" wrote Perry's friend the actor Charlie Sheen.

He played the role of Dylan McKay between 1990 and 1995, and later returned to the show - from 1998 until 2000. "The actor, who also starred in shows such as "Riverdale" and 'Buffy" was 52.

He also appeared on stage, such as on Broadway in 2001.

His final film role will be in the Quentin Tarantino movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, slated for release later this year, in which he plays alongside screen giants Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Perry, who was born and raised in OH, was previously married to Sharp - with whom he had both children - from 1993 to 2003.

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