Riverdale shuts down production after Luke Perry's death age 52

The actor died in hospital on Monday aged 52 after suffering a massive stroke, prompting a huge outpouring of grief from fans who adored him.

Bosses at CW, the network behind Riverdale – in which Luke played Fred Andrews – confirmed the show is now on hiatus.

They said in a statement: "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 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."

The nineties hearthrob passed away this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank surrounded by his family – including Jack and Sophie and fiance Wendy Madison Bauer.

His rep said: "Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke.

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning.

"No further details will be released at this time."

He shot to fame in 1990 aged just 23 years old after being cast as heart breaker Dylan McKay in 90210.

The show attracted him millions of teenage fans but he hated the moniker that came with his new pin-up status.

Speaking to PEOPLE in 1991 at the age of 25, Luke hit back at the interviewer when they labelled him a "teen idol".

He replied: "Man, I hate those two f***ing words!"

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