'Glee' Co-Stars React In Disbelief To Cory Monteith's Death
Iqbal Theba, who plays Principal Figgins on the hit Fox series, couldn't hold back his initial emotions via social media.
OMG!! My Cory...Over an hour ago, Puck's Mark Salling only had one word.
— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 14, 2013
noFormer glee club member Kristin Chenoweth expressed her love.
— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) July 14, 2013
RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.Dot-Marie Jones, who portrays Coach Shannon Beiste, said her heart is broken after news of the 31-year-old's tragic passing.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 14, 2013
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
I AM BLESSED TO HAVE WORKED WITH HIM AND LOVE HIM SO MUCH! MY HEART IS WITH HID FAMILY AND OUR WHOLE GLEE FAMILY! I LOVE YOU ALL! — Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013Cheyenne Jackson, who portrayed Dustin Goolsby on Glee, remembers the young star as a "gentleman."
What I will remember about Cory Monteith is that he was talented, funny and absolutely kindhearted. We lost a gentleman. RIP — Cheyenne Jackson (@cheyennejackson) July 14, 2013Damian McGinty, who won a 7-episode arc on Glee in season one of The Glee Project, shared his first foray into acting with Monteith.
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, 2013Josh Sussman, who plays Jacob, remembers Monteith as a "great guy."
I am so saddened to hear about Cory. He was such a great guy/Super-kind &warm. A tragic loss. My heart goes out to all his friends & family. — Josh Sussman (@JoshSussman) July 14, 2013DJ 'Shangela' Pierce made a guest appearance on the Fox comedy when she met the TV heartthrob:
Met Cory Monteith on the set #Glee. Such a genuinely nice guy. Sad to hear about his passing. We've lost so many talented ppl this year.
— Shangela (@itsSHANGELA) July 14, 2013
Others like Alex Anders, who worked closely with the star as the vocal producer and recording engineer on Glee, also wanted to say some final words to their friend.
Heartbroken by the loss of my friend @CoryMonteith Praying for his family and loved ones. Such a good hearted man that will be sorely missed
— Alex Anders (@alxanders) July 14, 2013
Monteith, who battled substance addiction and recently completed rehab program in April, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon.
Police said the actor was with other people in his room last night, but believe he was alone when he passed away according to video and key entries that indicate that he was by himself in the early morning hours.
“We know there will be considerable interest in this case, and we have detectives assigned to the case who attended with our Forensic Identification Unit to examine the scene, to ensure to the extent possible that there are no unanswered questions,” Acting Chief Doug LePard said in a press release.
“Hotel video has been secured as well as room access records. Our investigators have spoken with hotel staff, who are providing the utmost in cooperation.”
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, according to police. At this time VPD says there is no indication there was foul play involved.
The chief himself couldn’t help but offer his own words of grief: “On behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith," he said. "As was the case in countless homes, I watched Glee regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.”