It's hard for fans to believe that Luke Perry is gone, but it's even harder for the people who worked with him every day. Today he's best known for playing Dylan McKay across nearly 200 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210; and for playing Archie's father Fred Andrews on The CW's Riverdale (which just shut down production for the day in his honor). But he also had roles on several other TV shows and in many films, and some of those co-stars also reached out with tributes in the wake of the actor's March 4 death at age 52.
Ian Ziering played Steve Sanders on 90210 opposite Luke Perry, and was quick to honor his friend:
Luke Perry's 90210 co-star Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor) reached out with a statement to People:
My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.
Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman), another 90210 co-star, shared a tribute on Instagram:
Christine Elise McCarthy played Emily Valentine on 90210 and shared this sweet photo with both Luke Perry and Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh).
Ashley Tisdale may be best known for Disney Channel series and High School Musical, but she shared a memory of working with Luke Perry on 90210 in one of her first jobs:
Luke Perry played Archie Andrews' father Fred on Riverdale, which is currently airing Season 3. It's obviously too soon to know what they'll do with the character. Most of his co-stars already shared photos with him when it was announced that he had suffered a major stroke. They were probably still processing the devastating follow-up news on Monday.
Riverdale star Lili Reinhart struggled with the enormity of the loss of Luke Perry, but reached out with some thoughts on Twitter:
Molly Ringwald, who played Fred Andrews' estranged wife Mary Andrews, reached out with condolences:
Riverdale announced it was shutting down production on Monday, March 4 in honor of Luke Perry's passing. The writers also reached out with love for the star:
Marisol Nichols plays Hermione Lodge on Riverdale, and she took a moment to honor Luke Perry on Monday, while the shock left her at a loss for words:
Riverdale executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater shared a statement (via Deadline):
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. 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.
Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also shared his own personal tribute:
Some fans may not have known that one of Luke Perry's first film roles was as Oliver Pike in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Joss Whedon wrote that script, and shared a memory of working with Perry:
Like Luke Perry, New Kids on the Block's Donnie Wahlberg rose to fame in the late '80s/early '90s. He shared a memory with Perry, away from a TV or film set:
Patricia Arquette also took a moment to remember the man and father behind the famous actor:
Many others stars have reached out with reactions, from actresses saying Luke Perry was one of their first crushes, to actors saying Luke Perry was someone they grew up wanting to be like.
And of course The Rest Of Us non-famous people have also been reaching out with memories, including Criminal Minds fans who will never forget Luke Perry's contributions to that show:
Shannen Doherty will always be associated with Luke Perry as the ultimate 90210 couple Dylan and Brenda. She had yet to release a statement on her former co-star's passing as of this posting, but on Sunday she told ET she had been in touch with Luke Perry since his major stroke:
I can't talk about it 'cause I will literally start crying, but I love him and he knows I love him. And I'm in contact. It's Luke, and he's my Dylan.
This is obviously a horrible time for those who knew Luke Perry best. Our thoughts go out to those loved ones.