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Netflix's Riverdale reveals how they dealt with star Luke Perry's death

Netflix Riverdale Luke Perry death
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Netflix’s Riverdale has finally revealed how they dealt with Luke Perry’s death.

The Netflix Original series that is based on Archie Comics, has kicked off their fourth series.

But earlier this year, show regular Luke Perry tragically passed away from a stroke, leaving the show without main character Fred Andrews.

And as the fourth series started earlier this week, the show has finally revealed how they dealt with the sudden passing of one of their main cast members.

In a tribute episode dedicated to the legendary Hollywood star, who rose to fame back in 1990 when he played Dylan McKay in teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, the plot revealed that character Fred Andrews was killed off after getting into a fatal car crash where he gave his life to save another woman.

The emotional episode saw Fred’s son, main protagonist Archie, drive along with his closest friends Jughead, Betty and Veronica to pick up his body and bring it home.

Netflix Riverdale Luke Perry death

Luke alongside KJ Apa, who plays his on-screen son Archie Andrews (Credit: Getty)

On arriving back in Riverdale with Fred’s body, the group was welcomed by the whole town, who collected together to celebrate the kind-hearted father.

“Very early on, we landed on the idea that Fred should have a heroic death,’ Riverdale’s showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TV Line when he opened up about the character’s exit.

"It felt like that's a way Fred could've gone,” he added.

The executive producer also commented on the appearance of Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry’s Beverly Hills, 90210 costar, in the episode as the woman who Fred saves.

Netflix Riverdale Luke Perry death

The actors who play parents on Riverdale, including Luke Perry (Credit: Getty)

“Over the seasons, Luke and I had talked a lot about trying to get Shannen on the show, and the timing never worked out,” he said.

"Rather than have another actor play [this role], we thought it would be nice if it were someone he cared for in real life,” he continued.

“And he cared so deeply about Shannen… She really wanted to be a part of it, from when we first talked to her about it."