How did Luke Perry’s character die in Riverdale?

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Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam" -- Image Number: RVD401b_0243.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, KJ Apa as Archie, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Casey Cott as Kevin -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

On March 4, 2019, the Riverdale family lost Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews, to a stroke. Still in the midst of its third season, series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promised The CW series would address Perry’s tragic death with a tribute episode in the fourth season. Then on Oct. 9, the teen drama made its season 4 debut, titled “In Memoriam,” to honor the beloved actor.

The beautifully done tribute included scenes to highlight Fred as a character and Perry as an actor. In the episode, almost every Riverdale character was briefly featured, affected by Fred’s death in some way. A special cameo by Perry’s friend and former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star, Shannen Doherty, was also made to show Fred died a hero. It’s clear “In Memoriam” was the perfect way for the cast — and viewers — to say their final goodbyes. And of course, the episode left fans in tears.

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