The actor, who fought long and hard with substance abuse problems, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room following an drug overdose. Cast and crew of his show gathered in the same Paramount studio lot where Glee‘s auditorium scenes are shot for a memorial.
It was an indoor/outdoor event where guests talked amongst themselves, enjoyed a buffet and listened to songs performed on Glee, like “Good Vibrations,” in Monteith’s honor.
All those in attendance wore black ribbons to pay tribute to the young actor.
“They were somber,” an onlooker said. “There were a lot of productions staff and crew too and most everyone was dressed in black.”
Fox released a statement about the event, too.
“Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith. We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve out friend and colleague during this difficult time.”
Lea and Cory became a couple after playing one on the hit series. Lea reportedly played a major role in keeping Cory sober. They had plans to move in together upon his return from Canada.
Although Glee will undoubtedly be missing something without Cory, the show must go on. The entire cast is set to resume production in early August. The series will honor Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson, with his own special set to air this fall.
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