It’s a sad day for Riverdale and 90210 fans, as news broke that Luke Perry passed away at age 52. Perry had suffered a massive stroke last Wednesday in his home in Sherman Oaks, California. TMZ reported that when paramedics arrived at Perry’s home after his stroke, he was responsive and talking, but his condition deteriorated. Unfortunately, he never recovered and passed away on Monday.
Perry first became a household name as an actor in the 90s, when he played Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. He played McKay from 1990-1995, and then again from 1998-2000. More recently, he was known for playing Archie Andrews’ dad, Fred, on The CW show Riverdale. Riverdale executives told TMZ, “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.”
At press time, the Riverdale Twitter had yet to release any statement about Perry’s death, as had KJ Apa (who plays Perry’s son on Riverdale), Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, and Lili Reinhart. However, the Riverdale writers room Twitter account posted a touching tribute to Perry.
Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale
— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
Molly Ringwald, who plays Perry’s estranged wife on the show, tweeted, “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family.
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
When the initial news of Perry’s stroke broke, Shannon Doherty, one of Perry’s 90210 costars, posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram, writing in the caption, “My friend. Holding you tight and giving you my strength. You got this.”
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Just days ago, it was announced that Beverly Hills, 90210 was slated for a six-episode revival, with Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris confirmed to play their original characters. Shannon Doherty and Luke Perry were not attached to the revival at the time, but it was reported that Fox was keeping the door open for either to appear on the show.
Perry’s rep told TMZ that the actor was surrounded by family and close friends at the time of his death, including his children, fiancée, ex-wife, mother, step-father, brother, and sister.
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The world lost a total TV legend on Wednesday. The OG sitcom queen Mary Tyler Moore died at age 80.
If you’re like, wait, who is Mary Tyler Moore, then you seriously need to educate yourself in betch history. Moore shot to stardom as a TV wife on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Let’s be real, Dick Van Dyke was kind of a hottie way back when, so props to her for landing a hot TV husband.
It wasn’t until she took the role as Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show that she became a betch icon. For those of you who think “classic television” means the era of Boy Meets World, here’s a lesson for you. Mary, who played Mary (power move), basically led the way for women to have real jobs and not be stuck at home taking care of a shitty husband and kids.
At a point in history when college was basically designed for women to get MRS degrees, Mary played a breakthrough character who not only went to college, but had a career and lived alone in a big city (Minneapolis). She was the Carrie Bradshaw before Carrie Bradshaw. Though, I causally think Mary had better style.
Instead of just pining over dudes episode after episode, Mary had a real life with concerns about her job as a TV news producer and real friendships with other women. She discussed birth control, equal pay, and sexual independence before it was cool. I mean, this shit is still considered progressive now, in 2017, so imagine how groundbreaking it was back in 1970. Mary basically paved the way for all of us betches to have jobs we sometimes really like, not have babies if we don’t want them, and date because it’s fun and not because we need a husband to support us.
Plus, if you’ve ever spun around and thrown your hat in the air because you saw it on TV one time, it’s because you saw Mary Tyler Moore do it in the opening credits to the show. Absolutely iconic. Like really, if you need a new show to watch I’m pretty sure the whole series is on Hulu.
It wasn’t just the character that made her a kween. Mary was an actress, sure, but she led the way for many women on TV and also inspired some other major icons. Oprah legit freaked out when Mary surprised her with a visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show, and no betch can freak out like the big O. Oprah is so many people’s hero, and MTM was Oprah’s hero. That’s just levels of awesomeness right there, people.
She was also into charity. Like, this woman is and was a saint for sure. Mary was chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and often spoke about her own struggles with Type I Diabetes. She was a vegetarian and fought for animal rights. Plus, she established a fund for an arts scholarship.
Rest in peace, Queen Mary. Our TVs will never be the same.