KJ Apa breaks silence on death of co-star Luke Perry

Publish Date
Sunday, 28 April 2019, 1:18PM

KJ Apa has finally broken the silence on the death of his co-star Luke Perry.

Apa appeared on US TV show "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and discussed his on-screen father's death, saying that Luke Perry made him feel "comfortable and welcome" on the 'Riverdale' set. 

"It's not every day you come across a guy like Luke. Luke is the kind of person who did everything he can to make whoever you are, no matter how big or small you are, feel comfortable and feel welcome. It's hard to kind of put into words how that makes me feel." KJ said. 

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Brought my son to set today

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KJ also said that Perry treated him like a son off-camera too, and would even call his parents in New Zealand every week to update them on how KJ was doing. Apa also explained that his own father and Perry got on very well and often texted each other.

"He would call my parents every week and keep them updated on how I'm doing. If I had a cold or something he'd be like, 'I got him, I brought some Gatorade to his apartment the other day.' He made such a huge effort from the very beginning. I wish I could be like that."

It's the first time KJ has spoken publicly on Perry's death, previously KJ had only posted an Instagram post with the simple caption: "Rest in love bro".

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Rest in Love bro.

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Earlier this week, Luke's final scenes as Fred in 'Riverdale' were aired, in which he was seen comforting his son after he was accused of committing a crime. As of the time of writing, it's not known how the show's writers will tie up Fred's storyline in the wake of Luke's passing.

At times during his appearance on the Tonight Show, Apa appeared naturally emotional about Perry's death, his voice wavering at times. 

Kia Kaha KJ!