Cory Monteith’s Shadow Lingers During The Season Five Premiere Of Glee
By: Alexis Kuskevics
This past summer, on July 13th, the world mourned one of Canada’s brightest talents: Cory Monteith. Born in Vancouver, Monteith was a recurring character on FOX’s musical hit Glee, where he played the lovable quarterback Finn Hudson. His sudden death at the age of 31 due a dangerous mix of substances shook the base of Hollywood, and everyone immediately expressed his or her shock over social media.
Previous Monte Carlo co-star, Selena Gomez, tweeted: “This hurts. I love you Cory. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.” Other celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Chloe Grace Moretz also shared their condolences for the fallen star.
Despite his recent attempts to seek treatment, Monteith was unable to defeat his demons. Co-star and real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele, is currently straying from the spotlight as she continues to grieve the sudden passing of her boyfriend. Two weeks after his death, she tweeted to her 3.9 million followers, “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love and support. Cory will forever be in my heart,” with an attached photo of her and Monteith during happier times.
Although Glee producers considered cancelling the show after losing one of their prime actors, they continued to film in respect of their fallen friend. On September 26th, season five of Glee premiered to 5 million viewers with a two-part Beatles tribute, though the most noticeable aspect of the episode was the space in the credits where Cory Monteith’s name used to be.
Although his character’s disappearance during the first episode wasn’t explained, it is already confirmed that his role of Finn Hudson would be killed off in a special tribute episode airing October 10th. The producers promise it to be heartbreaking.
Despite his short life, Cory Monteith was able to connect with his fans through his genuine care for others, and goofy personality. When he wasn’t filming Glee, he committed himself to charities such as Chrysalis Ball and Canada’s Project Limelight, a program that allows children to showcase their theatrical talents.
In his wake, he leaves behind family, friends, and a legacy of the show that boosted him to stardom. In the words once spoken by the Canadian, he believes that “love keeps us alive, even after we are gone,” a statement that his fans and family are holding on to.