Glee Star Cory Monteith Has Died
Death is not something we usually cover here on Luner on Theatre. However, we do try to bring you some coverage of it when it involves someone who has dominated the news we talk about on this blog or is well-known face to our own world. While every loss is unexpected, the loss we bring you today is tragic. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the sad news of the death of Cory Monteith.
Cory Monteith was a 31-year-old actor known best for his portrayal of the character Finn Hudson on the FOX hit musical series Glee. He was born May 11th, 1982 Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He attended 16 schools by the age of 16 and decided not too long after that to drop out of school entirely. Monteith worked many small acting jobs for movies in television in Canada before booking Glee in 2009. Monteith skyrocketed to fame in 2009 when Glee first began. His character of Finn Hudson was one audiences fell in love as he played the stereotypical high school football jock who would later stand up for the Glee club, singing and expressing yourself for who you truly were. He received a Teen Choice Award for his character in 2011.
Cory Monteith was found dead in his 21st-floor room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver at around noon yesterday. He was discovered by hotel staff after missing his check out time around noon. Police said there was no indication of foul play and the coroner is working to establish a cause of death. Monteith did have people in his room earlier in the night but did return by himself and it is believed he died alone. The people Monteith spent time with the night before are being interviewed by police.
Cory Monteith had previously admitted to having a substance abuse problem. The substance which Monteith struggled with was not identified. This all only came to light after Monteith voluntarily checked himself into a rehabilitation center in April 2013. However, he proved healthy and in good spirits according to doctors. He also admitted to attending rehab when he was 19. In a 2011 interview, Monteith said he hoped his struggle would provide examples to others.
“I don’t want kids to think it’s O.K. to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too. But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”
Upon the news of his death, there was an immediate outpouring of love and support from his fellow Glee cast members. Here is some of what we were able to collect.
Dot-Marie Jones best known for playing Coach Beiste:
Adam Shankman who directed episodes of Glee:
Mark Sailing, who plays Puck in the television series Glee, also tweeted “No” which he later deleted.
“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.”
Monteith’s press representatives at Viewpoint Public Relations said in a brief 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.”
I am heartbroken over the loss of Cory Monteith. My heart is a truly heavy this morning with the breaking of this awful news. I was a fan not only of Monteith himself but also his character he played in the television series Glee. Monteith’s character was the one you found yourself drawn to as the stereotypical high school football jock who was afraid to lose everything to stand up for what he knew was right and yet he did anyway. Monteith was a prime example of how it is never too late to change your life. He once said that “Glee saved his life” after having dealt with addition issues in his teenage years. Monteith’s spirit and life appreciate for the fact that it is never too late to set your life in the right direction is not only one that resounded through Glee but his daily actions. He will be truly missed not only by his friends and family but the millions of Glee fans around the world who loved him as well. The world is a darker place with the loss Cory.
Cory Monteith may no longer be with us here on earth but his spirit and talent will continue to live on through all he did in his short time. Countless episodes of Glee will be replayed and we are counting on the television series paying some sort of tribute to the young man when it begins again next Fall. Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you any updates as the news unfolds regarding the death of Cory Monteith. We extend our deepest condolences too all of Monteith’s friends and family. For more information, visit Cory Monteith’s Official Fan Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!