Tragic news broke when fans learned that beloved actor Luke Perry passed away on Monday, March 4. The 52-year-old actor, best known for his roles in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, was hospitalized the previous week due to a stroke and never recovered. “He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé 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 representative for the actor told Life & Style.
“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,” they continued. His CW costars also sent him plenty of well-wishes at the time of his stroke, and are now mourning his loss. “We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. 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,” Riverdale executive producers shared in a statement to Life & Style.
“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.” But Luke wasn’t just a father figure to his costars — he was also a father figure and friend to all of the fans at home who watched the TV shows and movies he starred in. The late actor is now receiving an even more overwhelming show of love as fans remember him as an incredible person and the face behind some of their favorite characters. Check out some of the fan responses in the gallery below.