TV: Cory Monteith dies at 31

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl

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‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith was found dead Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver.

Police say the cause of death is not immediately apparent. An autopsy will be performed Monday.

Staff members discovered the body at the hotel when he missed his checkout time. He checked in July 6. Monteith had several people over Friday night but video surveillance shows him returning to his room by himself.

There is no indication of foul play.

Monteith checked himself into rehab in late March and completed his program in late April. He has been open about his history of substance abuse, saying in a 2011 Parade interview that he was “lucky to be alive” after what he had done.

Since Glee‘s beginning in 2009, Monteith has had a key position as football quarterback, not-so-bright Finn Hudson. His character graduated at the end of the third season, and the fourth season followed Hudson’s struggles to figure out what he wanted to do with his future.

A statement on behalf of Glee executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company was posted on Glee‘s Facebook page early Sunday morning.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news,” the statement said. “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.”

His last public outing was with girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 8. Reps for Michele asked in a statement for everyone to respect the actress’s privacy during this time.

Celebrities, Glee co-stars and fans took to Twitter when news broke of Monteith’s death. Hashtags such as #RIPCoryMonteith and #prayforLea trended Sunday.

“At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn’t seem real to me. I love you Cory,” co-star Harry Shum Jr. tweeted Sunday morning.

“How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed,” said Neil Patrick Harris, a guest star on Glee.

“I have no words! My heart is broken!” recurring castmember Dot Marie Jones said.

“Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much…” wrote Adam Shankman, who directed a few episodes of Glee

Now we wait to hear the decisions about the future of Glee. Will it continue? Will the creators choose to cancel the two-year renewal Fox gave the show in April? Monteith’s Hudson has been a key character ever since the pilot. How it could continue without the Finchel storyline is a mystery.

What do you think the show should do? What would you like to see? How do you feel about Monteith’s passing? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

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