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Actress Molly Ringwald Pays Tribute To Luke Perry One Year After His Sudden Death

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By Marisa Roman

Just one year after his sudden passing, actor Luke Perry is still on the minds of his Riverdale co-stars. Actress Molly Ringwald, who played Luke Perry’s ex-wife on the hit TV show, opened up on Instagram to pay tribute to the actor. Ringwald captioned the black-and-white photo of a young Perry, stating, “"I can't believe it's been a year since we lost this beautiful soul. Your presence is felt and you are missed every day, my friend."

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Perry was admitted to a hospital on February 27, 2019, after suffering a stroke in his California home. Unfortunately, Perry never regained consciousness after that and passed away just five days later on March 4, 2019. Ringwald is just one of many celebrities to pay tribute to the actor, with the Hollywood community reeling from his sudden passing. Ringwald captioned back in 2019 a photo of her and Perry dancing on the show Riverdale saying “Goodbye, my friend. I enjoyed dancing with you for a time…”

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While speaking to The Wall Street Journal back in 2019, Ringwald stated that she expected Perry to be there on set, that she thought he would recover from the stroke and it was only temporary. Yet, the sudden loss of Perry was a huge blow to the show, as well as for his co-stars. Riverdale aired an episode in honor of Perry at the start of their season, where the emotion behind each character felt genuine. Perry’s character, Fred Andrews, was killed on the show in a hit-and-run accident after Andrews pulled over to help someone on the side of the road.

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The series creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, admitted that filming the episode was difficult for the cast and crew, but they needed to honor him properly. Aguirre-Sacasa went on to say, “We kind of knew this was going to be brutal on the cast, especially KJ [Apa], who was Luke's main scene partner. Everyone was really proud to gather to tell this tribute to Fred, and to Luke." Actor KJ Apa plays Archie Andrews on the show, son to Fred Andrews. The pair had many scenes together throughout the series.

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Luke Perry wasn’t just honored by his Riverdale co-stars but was also honored by his former Beverly Hill 90210 co-stars. Perry played Dylan McKay, the bad-boy heartthrob that nearly every teenage girl had a crush on. Co-star Ian Ziering shared a throwback photo of him and Perry to Instagram on Wednesday with a caption saying, “Hard to believe it’s been a year since losing Luke. Though time heals wounds, the pain of loss lasts forever. Miss you so much pal. #RIPLuke." Perry was only 52 years old.

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