'Riverdale' Star KJ Apa Shares Heartfelt Instagram Tribute To Luke Perry
Apa broke his silence on Perry's recent passing with a short but touching Instagram post on Thursday. Alongside a candid photo of a smiling Perry, he wrote "Rest in Love bro."
Perry played Archie's doting father Fred Andrews on Riverdale, who was always around to offer support for his son no matter what his current focus landed, whether it was making music or playing football. The two were part of some truly touching father and son discussions that made us wish we all had a dad like Fred.
This is the first time the Riverdale star has spoken on Perry's death, after the actor succumbed to a massive stroke on Monday (March 4). Since then, we've seen a steady outpouring of support from his Riverdale family, Beverly Hills 90210 castmates, and the legions of fans who loved him.
Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), and Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) were just a few members of the Riverdale cast shaken by losing Perry, and each of them took to social media with their own words of love and tribute to the star.
Mendes shared her own tribute to Perry on Instagram on Thursday (March 7), with a heartbreaking memory of her own.
"Rest in peace, Luke. Although you’re no longer around to wrap me in the warmth of your hug, I can still remember what it felt like. Whenever I think of you, I will remember that feeling."
he took care of us all. an authentic man who took pleasure in offering us his guidance and wisdom. his presence was healing; he had the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease within seconds of seeing him. i will never forget the collective shock and distress we experienced when the news broke on set. we lost a dear friend. my heart hurts for his family and anybody who had the pleasure of knowing him. rest in peace, luke. although you’re no longer around to wrap me in the warmth of your hug, i can still remember what it felt like. whenever i think of you, i will remember that feeling.
Reinhart took to Twitter with her disbelief that Perry was gone in a heartbreaking tweet mourning his loss.
"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," she wrote.
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) March 4, 2019
Riverdale shut down production for a few days to allow its cast and crew to take some time out to process their grief. The end of Wednesday's episode (March 6) featured a touching "In Memoriam" title card dedicated to Perry. Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa noted that all future episodes would be dedicated to him going forward.
Going through pictures on my way to set. From the early days. With Luke in the middle. Our heart, always. Tonight’s episode of #Riverdale finds Fred doing what he does best--helping Archie. It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run. 💔❤️🏆 pic.twitter.com/Nx8iCFBoMe
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 6, 2019
Despite the fact that Apa and Perry obviously weren't biological father and son, it's easy to see how special of a bond there was between the two on screen and off. Perry's passing is a crushing blow to the Riverdale family, and we hope they continue to heal together.
- Brittany Vincent
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