Luke Perry as Fred Andrews In "Riverdale"
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Luke Perry left behind a legacy spanning more than 20 years in the film and TV industry. During his final posthumous performance in Riverdale, fans of the show and friends of the actor took to social media to post their regards. 

Perry's character, Fred Andrews, is known for his down-to-earth conversations with his son Archie (KJ Apa), and in his farewell, things haven't changed. Fred lends Archie a few parting words of comfort regarding Archie's innocence in the death of his opponent in a boxing match on the previous episode. 

Perry died on March 4 following a stroke. He was 52 years old. The actor is greatly missed, and his absence was palpable after the show came to a close. Fans reacted on social media with words of support and grief, and friends of Perry also chose to honor his work by sharing memories as well. 

Ashleigh Murray shared a video of her character singing "Back to Black" on the show in remembrance of Perry. 

Murray stars as Josie McCoy in the hit show and has given plenty of musical numbers throughout its run. This song reminded her of her costar, and she posted her gratitude for his belief in her talent: "...he believed in me, my voice, talent. More than I did most days. Luke loved seeing me onstage, and I can think of a moment we shared from each song." 

Murray's character will be featured in spinoff series Katy Keene based on another character from the Archie Comics universe. This episode was Murray's goodbye as well, but fans will have a chance to see her character in the upcoming show. 

Perry's on-screen high school sweetheart, Marisol Nichols, posted this heartfelt tribute. 

Nichols portrays Hermione Lodge in Riverdale and Fred Andrews' love interest. The two worked closely together, and after he died she wrote a heartbreaking post on Instagram dedicated to her friend and costar. 

"I hope you know how much you meant to me, to us. You left us way too soon. We miss you terribly. Take care, my friend." 

Lochlyn Munro, who plays Hal Cooper, posted this loving tribute to his friend and costar. 

Lochlyn Munro is a villain on the show, but Munro posted this sweet message dedicated to his costar. "Take a bow, my friend. You were respected, You were loved." Hal Cooper supposedly died in Wednesday's episode during a transfer to a waterfront room in Hiram Lodge's prison. 

Asha Bromfield, who plays Melody Valentine — one of Josie's Pussycats — was grateful for her time spent with Perry. 

Bromfield was heartbroken, like so many others, to hear the news of Luke Perry's death. She posted on Twitter a message for Perry stating, "You left this world better." She also shared a GIF of Josie in honor of her costar moving on from the show and an excited tweet: "WE GON MISS YOU JOS. SLAY FOR THE TEAM."

One fan posted this sweet GIF of Archie with his dad and had us all in tears. 

The chemistry between KJ Apa and Luke Perry was one of the highlights of the show. The father-son relationship depicted was an openly loving and emotional one. 

Let's not forget Fred Andrews' bid for mayor.

Who could forget Fred Andrews' lifelong dream of running for mayor of Riverdale? One fan posted a heartbroken tweet about missing the almost-mayor and loving father. 

One fan was overwhelmed by the level of sad entertainment headed our way.

This is a week of heartbreaking entertainment, so get your tissues ready. With a battle headed their way in Game of Thrones, a full-fledged war in Avengers: Endgame, and a heartbreaking farewell to Perry's fan-favorite character, it's gonna be a tough one, folks. 

Fans will miss the loving father-son heart-to-hearts Perry's character was known for. 

Riverdale writers (albeit unintentionally) gave fans what they love and expect of Perry's character for his final scene, a heart-to-heart with his son. The conversations between the two characters are going to be hard to replicate for the series. 

This tearful GIF sums up all of our feelings going into the episode. 

As soon as Luke Perry appeared on-screen, fans knew it was the end of an era. His heartbreaking leave from the show had everyone in tears. 

Three seasons will never be enough, Luke Perry. Riverdale will not be the same without you. 

This fan's meaningful message to Perry and what he means to the show sums it up well. Three seasons could never be enough, but the show and its fans are grateful to have had him.