FOX Delays ‘Glee’ Season 5 Premiere In Wake Of Cory Monteith’s Death

Following the sudden tragic death of Cory Monteith, FOX has decided push back the fifth season premiere of his musical-dramedy series, Glee, to this fall.

The network announced the change in line-up in a press release Friday, reading:

“In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August. Season Five of Glee will now premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. No further details are available at this time.”

The 31-year-old actor passed away July 14 in a hotel room in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada. The British Columbia Coroner’s Office later determined the cause of death to be an overdose of heroin and alcohol.

Monteith co-star and girlfriend, Lea Michele, has since been grieving alongside the late star’s family. According to Monteith’s father, the family had the actor’s body cremated this week after it was released from the coroner’s care.

Since his death, Monteith’s co-stars have also spoken out about their disbelief and sadness in his passing.