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‘Riverdale’, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, ‘Loving’ Star Luke Perry Dies at 52

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Heartbreaking news this Monday morning, Luke Perry who suffered a massive stroke on February 28th has died.

Luke passed away at the age of 52 Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank.  Perry was  said to be surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends.

The actor gained fame for his role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills. He went on to appear in numerous televisions shows until his role in the hit CW show  Riverdale as Fred Andrews.   He also played Ned on the ABC soap opera, Loving.  

Filming on Riverdale was suspended Monday to allow cast and crew time to grieve for their co-star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a statement Riverdale executive producers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater along with producer Warner Bros. TV and The CW expressed:  “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, 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.”

Molly Ringwald took to Twitter and shared her grief  “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family.”

Share your condolences and prayers for Luke’s family via the comment section below.    We will have more on this developing story as Hollywood shares their remembrances in the days to come.

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My heart feels numb, Luke Perry was a wonderful actor. Way too young to die, from a massive stroke. RIP buddy, I will miss you.

Such sad news. First Kristoff St John, 52 and now Luke Perry,also 52. Both passed away way too young.

Lew, apples and oranges, Luke wanted to live!

Hi Timm, I was saying we lost them both so young. I am sure Luke Perry wanted to live. Both situations are very sad.

I agree. Your thoughts on replacing Luke on Riverdale? My first two thoughts were Ian Ziering just because how close they were. [Not a fan of Ian] And #2 would be Joey Fatone. I know, left field but I just think he would fit the role. Whatever happens, they will fill it with someone really good. The cast is phenomenal!

Yes, I agree the cast of Riverdale is very good! I can’t think of anyone to replace him at the moment. Luke Perry made the role his own.

Very sad. Condolences to his family.

Very sad and shocking. RIP

Damn, it just sucks so bad. I never watched BH 90210 BUT I watched him on Riverdale and he was a joy! He is ONE of the many stars from the 90’s they employ along with the 20 somethings. The cast is strong BUT losing Luke, Archie’s father will be tough to replace. He and KJ had good chemistry. You actually believed they were father and son. On soaps we rush to always replace a character but this is a bit different. I trust the show will find the right guy. They do such a wonderful job. Luke Perry, rest my man and may your soul shine on your friends and family for eternity!

I am so sorry for your loss.May he rest in peace

Such heartbreaking news. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

I wanted to know more about Luke. Didn’t realize his first roles were in the daytime soap operas Loving (1987–88) and Another World (1988–89). So many actors started off in the soaps, but it was way too early for Luke to have passed away. :((

This is beyond awful. I was such a big Luke Perry fan…ever since his days on Loving from back in the day. He will be truly missed.

Rest In Peace Luke Perry.

Amen.

I was so sad to hear about this from my sister this afternoon. Such a sad loss. I’ve read nothing but nice things about him, especially from his celebrity co-stars from over the years.

its sad news for sure, first Kristoff St John, and now Luke Perry its sad because Both died before their time.
but I guess we’re all on borrowed time, you just don’t know when your time will come, that’s why one truly has to cherish every moment. My prayer to his family.

He was also on Another World and wasnt going to part of the 90210 reboot

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, Former ‘Port Charles’ Star, Cause of Death Determined; Mother Speaks Out on Dangers of Pharmaceutical Addiction and Fentanyl Epidemic

David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive 2024 WGA Award Nominations For a Daytime Drama

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday, February 21st, for the 2024 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards in the categories of motion pictures, television & new media.

This year, the WGA Award ceremonies will be held after the Academy Awards. The Oscars are set for March 10th, while the Writer’s Guild presentation will be on April 14th.

In the field of writing for a ‘Daytime Drama’, two soap operas are once again vying fo the prize … Days of our Lives and General Hospital.  Last year, the award went to Ron Carlivati (head writer, DAYS) and his writing team as they were the only nominee in the category. Overall, DAYS has won the award now three years in a row.

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The nominated writing team members for 2024 are as below:

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan WritersSonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock; Peacock

General Hospital, Head Writers Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

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As previously reported, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are no longer the head writers at General Hospital having been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and longtime GH writing team member, Elizabeth Korte.  In addition, both Van Etten and O’Connor worked under Ron Carlivati when they were all part of the One Life to Live writing team.

According to a DAYS spokesperson, the nominated episodes this year for Days of our Lives are #14663, #14678 & #14679, which revolve around Victor’s death/funeral, and part of Dick Van Dyke’s storyline as Timothy Robicheaux. We will update this story on what General Hospital chose for the writing competition as soon as it becomes available.

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No official word yet on if The Bold and the Beautiful or The Young and the Restless submitted for competition, or decided to sit this one out. The previous two years, it was only DAYS and GH in the running for the award as well.

The complete list of WGA nominations appears here.

So, what do you think about Days of our Lives and General Hospital scoring WGA Award nominations for a Daytime Drama Series? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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