Lea Michele Releases Statement Following Cory Monteith’s Death

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After learning about Cory Monteith‘s passing yesterday, Glee fans have waited for the Canadian native’s girlfriend, Lea Michele to comment on the unspeakable tragedy.

The star’s rep has released a statement to Entertainment Tonight, asking for privacy while Michele deals with this devastating news:

We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”

Monteith was 31-year-old.

Naya Rivera released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on July 15th regarding her co-star’s death:

The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy.  Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone’s well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated.”

Monteith’s reps gave a statement to Celebuzz on the day of his passing: “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.”

Monteith was 31-year-old.  No foul play was involved in his death, according to police.  An autopsy and toxicology will be fast tracked starting today to determine the cause of death, according to the coroner’s office.