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Cole Sprouse had some kind things to say about his late Riverdale costar Luke Perry, who recently passed of a stroke. In an interview for his upcoming movie, Sprouse briefly commented on Perry's passing for the first time. He said that everyone close to Perry is still reeling from the loss, so it's not easy to talk about. But he said that Perry was "well loved" and that everyone involved has been receiving support from all sides. 

Many people on the Riverdale team, including members of the cast and crew, have shared loving words about their experiences with Perry and have shown support for his family. The show's creator even said that all upcoming episodes of the show (including the one that aired last night) are be dedicated to him. Perry's kids, Sophie and Jack, also posted tributes to the actor on Instagram. 

Cole Sprouse opened up about Luke Perry's death in a recent interview. 

Riverdale star Sprouse was doing an interview to promote his upcoming movie, Five Feet Apart, when he was asked about Perry. He didn't say much, but what he did say was heartfelt. He discussed how Perry was "well loved" and "a wonderful person." He also touched on the support people have been sending from "around the world" and recognizes the impact Perry had on so many people. 

"We're recovering, yeah," Sprouse said. "It's obviously not the easiest thing to talk about, but he was well loved, and there's been an outpouring of emotional support from people around the world, which just goes to show what a wonderful person he was and how much he impacted people's lives — and impacted our lives. But I know that his family has requested a sort of privacy during this period, and I respect that quite a bit."

Sprouse also posted a tribute to his late costar on Instagram. 

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Last week following Perry's death, Sprouse posted a photo of the actor on Instagram. The post featured a short but sweet caption, which read, "Love you bud." Comments filled with hearts and crying emojis from people all around the world flooded in. Commenters told Sprouse how much they can relate to what the cast is going through.

Luke Perry died on Monday, days after suffering a stroke.

Perry, who was also well known for his time on the iconic TV show Beverly Hills, 90210, died on March 4 after what TMZ called a "massive stroke." The stroke reportedly happened the Wednesday before, on February 27, while he was at his Sherman Oaks, California, home, after which Perry was rushed to the hospital. He was put into a medically induced coma, but the damage to his brain was too severe to recover from. He was surrounded by family when he passed. 

Others involved with the creation of Riverdale also posted tributes to Perry.

The show's official Instagram posted a statement from the executive producers saying they are "deeply saddened" by Perry's death. It states that he was a "father figure" to younger members of the Riverdale cast and that he "infused the set with love and kindness."

Lili Reinhart also tweeted about Perry. She said she was praying for his family and that Perry was a source of "wisdom and kindness." In another tweet, she said, "I just can't believe it."

Riverdale production has been halted indefinitely following this tragic turn of events.

Riverdale production was shut down immediately following news of Perry's death. As of now, there's no word on when the show will resume. Cast and crew were in the middle of production for the third season, more than half of which has already aired. 

The creators of the show have yet to announce if they have any plans regarding the fate of Perry's character, Fred Andrews, who is father to protagonist Archie and is a mainstay of the series.

The creator of Riverdale declared all future episodes of the show will be dedicated to Perry.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted that all future episodes will be dedicated to Perry. This includes the one that aired this Wednesday. He tweeted about how last night's episode was focused on Luke's character, Fred, helping Archie. If you watch the show, then you know that Fred is an extremely dedicated father. 

"Going through pictures on my way to set. From the early days. With Luke in the middle. Our heart, always," Aguirre-Sacasa wrote. "Tonight’s episode of #Riverdale finds Fred doing what he does best — helping Archie. It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run."

Perry's son has also spoken out about his father's passing.

Jack Perry didn't speak out publicly at first about his father's death. However, he canceled one of his professional wrestling matches after news of his father's death went public. Jack Perry, who goes by the moniker Jungle Boy in the ring, tweeted that he will not be competing on March 13. In his post, he noted that his father "loved and supported me in everything, and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be."

Perry's daughter, Sophie, also posted her own tribute on Instagram. 

She wrote that she has "received an overwhelming amount of love and support" since Perry's passing. She made a point to say that people aren't really taught how to deal with loss, especially in "the public eye." Her full statement read as follows:

"A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast. I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family, And in the past 24 hours I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support. I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I. I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly."

Riverdale won't be the last time we'll see Luke Perry. 

Perry stars in an upcoming movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was directed by Quentin Tarantino and is set to be released in July. It emulates the true story of actor Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth. Perry plays Scott Lancer, who was one of the main characters on the series Lancer, which ran from 1968 to 1970.