Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of "Life with Archie" when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. Andrews' death will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.

Keller's character first arrived in Riverdale in 2010. Keller is depicted in "Life with Archie" as married military veteran and newly elected senator who's pushing for more gun control after his husband was involved in a shooting.

Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater says he wants Andrews' death to be a lesson about gun violence and a declaration of diversity in the new age of Archie Comics.

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