TV Actor Sudden Deaths

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It's almost time to say goodbye to Fred Andrews.

Over a month after the world lost a TV icon with the sudden and tragic passing of Luke Perry on March 4 due to complications from a massive stroke he'd suffered in his home days prior, the time has come for the last episode of Riverdale he will ever film to air. 

"This week's Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed," creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa  tweeted on Monday, breaking the news to fans everywhere. "As always, Fred's imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son," Aguirre-Sacasa said. "Wish these scenes could go on forever..."

Aguirre-Sacasa has previously taken to Twitter in the recent weeks since Perry's passing to pay tribute to the beloved actor, writing on April 14, "Truly an honor attending a tribute to Luke at WB yesterday. Amazing stories told by his brave family and lifelong friends. This still is from this week's . These next few episodes are bittersweet. He's gone and with us at the same time. Miss you and love you, Luke."

While it remains to be seen how Riverdale will handle losing Perry and his character, the unique and emotional situation is not without its precedent. Sadly, there have been a handful of TV shows to find themselves forced with an impossible decision to make after the tragic and sudden passing of one of their own, losing not just a character, but a cherished member of the family, as well. 

To see how those shows handled their tragedy, while also getting a sense for how Riverdale might move forward without Perry, read on.

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Nicholas Colasanto, Cheers, TV Actor Sudden Deaths

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Riverdale, Luke Perry

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Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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