Fans of the hit TV show "Glee," and much of Hollywood, were stunned this weekend when 31-year-old Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. He played heartthrob Finn Hudson on the show.
Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said there was no indication of foul play, the Associated Press reported. The Canadian-born actor has talked openly about his long-time struggles with addiction and checked into a treatment facility for substance addiction in April. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
A "Glee" fan convention over the weekend in England turned into a memorial for Monteith.
Melissa Kates, Monteith's publicist, released this statement:
We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss
Glee producers released this statement:
We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
Here is how his cast mates are reacting to the news on Twitter:
From co-star Dot-Marie Jones (who plays the football coach Shannon Beiste) :
I HAVE NO WORDS! MY HEART IS BROKEN CORY WAS NOT ONLY A HELL OF A FRIEND HE WAS ONE AMAZING MEN THAT I WILL HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART FOREVER— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
Co-star Mark Salling (who plays Puck):
going through a million memories and emotions today. ill love you always Brother Cory.— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) July 14, 2013
Co-star Iqbal Theba (who plays Principal Figgins):
I have spent last night hugging my 10 yr old. May God give us the strength to deal with this Tragedy. I love u Cory— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 14, 2013
Monteith's girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele has remained quiet on Twitter. Her rep told People.com: "We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time."
Co-star Nolan Gerard Funk (who plays Hunter):
Oh my God. Cory. Man. I can't. Praying for you man. You were a good soul.— Nolan Gerard Funk (@nolanfunk) July 14, 2013
Co-star Damian McGinty (who played Rory):
The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I've met. Can't believe it.— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) July 14, 2013
Former "Glee" castmember Josh Sussman (who played Jacob Ben Israel from 2009-2012) posted a photo of himself with Monteith to Instagram, writing, "RIP Cory. Glad to have met you on your journey. U will be missed."
And here is how other celebrities are taking the news.
From Taylor Swift, who was once rumored to date Monteith:
Speechless. And for the worst reason.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 14, 2013
From Kim Kardashian:
Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words cant describe what they must be feeling— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) July 14, 2013
Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels... Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 14, 2013
From Joel McHale:
Way too soon. A very nice & good guy. RT @joshgad: RIP Cory Monteith. Gone way too soon.— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) July 14, 2013
From Zooey Deschanel:
This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith - what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) July 14, 2013
From Kelly Osbourne:
My thought love & prayers are going out to the friends & family of Cory Monteith my he rest in peace!— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) July 14, 2013
And, finally, from the Glee fanclub:
Fans are pouring out their emotions using the hastags #GleeksStayStrong, #RIPCoryMonteith, and #PrayersForLea.
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