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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.”

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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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Claudio
Claudio

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.

Lew S.
Lew S.

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

Timmm
Timmm

Lew, apples and oranges, Luke wanted to live!

Lew S.
Lew S.

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

Timmm
Timmm

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!

Lew S.
Lew S.

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.

rose
rose

Very sad. Condolences to his family.

Momo
Momo

Very sad and shocking. RIP

Timmm
Timmm

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!

Carol
Carol

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

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

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

rose
rose

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. :((

jaybird369
jaybird369

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.

Blake
Blake

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.

aria
aria

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.

Jimh
Jimh

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

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‘Edge of Night’ Mainstay Forrest Compton Dies Following Complications From COVID-19

Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Sharon Gabet who starred as Raven on Edge of Night, posted on Facebook, a tribute and remembrance of her former co-star: “Woody, as he was affectionately known to all of us on The Edge of Night, was a master professional, hilarious, smart, kind and gentle. I spoke with him a couple years ago on his birthday and he was active and happy in his retirement. Rest in peace, Woody, and give hugs and kisses to Larkin, Lois, Dennis, Nick, Joel, Irving and all the other EDGE alumni up there.  THE story about Woody. He was on EON when they were LIVE. It was brutal, but Woody was one of the best “straight face” men in the business. So he is doing a scene with Nancy his wife (the glorious Ann Flood – another “straight face” master). He walks in the kitchen and sits down and his line was supposed to be “Gee, it’s hard to get up in the morning.” as Nancy gave him his coffee. Instead, Mike Karr says on national TV, “Gee it’s hard to get IT up in the morning, Nancy.” There was pandemonium among the crew during the commercial break as you can imagine.”

Now below, watch the opening title sequence fro the The Edge of Night over the years, many of which feature Forrest as Mike Karr at the very opening or at the end as one of the series most well-known and beloved characters.

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Then, share your condolences and remembrances on the passing of Forrest Compton in the comment section.

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EMPIRE’s Final Season Cut Short Due To COVID-19; Series Finale Now Set For April 21

Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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