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Luke Perry Tributes Pour in From Ian Ziering, Molly Ringwald: ‘My Heart Is Broken’

Actor’s friends, colleagues and co-stars react to his death on Monday

Friends and former co-stars of “Riverdale” star Luke Perry reacted to news of his death on Monday, remembering the actor’s professionalism and “joyful and vibrant soul.”

“I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years,” wrote Perry’s former “90210” co-star Ian Ziering. “May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”

“Funny, committed, and always gracious,” remembered director Joss Whedon, who wrote the original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie, which Perry starred in 1992. “He shouldn’t be gone.”

Perry was hospitalized last week after suffering a “massive stroke,” ultimately dying on Monday in the company of family and friends, his publicist said in a statement.

The actor rose to fame playing the brooding Dylan McKay on the ’90s teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210.” He most recently starred in The CW’s Archie Comics adaptation “Riverdale” as Fred Andrews, the loving father to the central character played by KJ Apa.

“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry,” the “Riverdale” producers said in a joint statement. “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.”

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