This morning I woke up to the devastating news that Cory Monteith died yesterday at the age of 31. The Glee-star was found yesterday at noon at the Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. I'm not the kind of person to fall in love with characters, or at least not in the way that a dedicated and devoted fan of a show does (not since/like Buffy anyway). But this news touched me deeply. Not only am I one of the millions of people who could enjoy his wonderful voice and his amazing talents on Glee, but he always seemed like a very happy man who enjoyed life. With his 31 years, he definitely belongs in the list of stars who died to soon (like James Dean and many others).
The news report
It's been all over the news, like The Hollywood Reporter and BBC news, you name it. The police found out that Cory spent Friday night with friends, but came back on saturday morning by himself. When he missed his check out time at noon, the hotel staff went up to his room and found him. He was probably alone when he died. While cause of death hasn't been determined yet, the police don't expect foul play and they are questioning the friends who were with him the night before. It's unclear whether or not Glee castmates or his longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele were with him.
Fans are also retweeting messages Lea sent to him or things she said in interviews about their relationship. It makes his passing even more heartbreaking, especially now that everyone is sharing the picture where they announced they were getting married.
Since the beginning of the show in 2009 Cory Monteith played teenager Finn Hudson. A teenager with lots of problems but finally found happiness in Glee Club and his relationship with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele). In season four Finn and Rachel had broken up and we saw way less of him in the show. Glee producers, the network and Lea were all supporting him during rehab. It was the reason why he appeared in less episodes than originally planned. Through everything in the show, one thing always remained clear, which is that these two characters belong together. I remember thinking: "Finn and Rachel are one of those couples who have to endure a lot, break up, but will marry in the final episode of the series", because everyone knows that they are THE couple of the show. When I heard this news, my thoughts also went to the future of Glee. How will this affect the show? Cory is an amazing talent with a beautiful voice and we will always feel this loss. THR wrote that it's unclear how the sudden death of Cory will influence the production of Glee. The first episode of the fifth season is to premiere on september 19th... And he was supposed to be a series regular again. When tragedy strikes, in real life, it will undoubtedly come back in the show. I already know, that no matter how they do it, it's gonna be a tearjurker of an episode.