For fans of Glee on Fox, next week’s third episode of season five will likely be very emotional as the show will be a tribute to Vancouverite Cory Monteith who was found dead at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on July 13.
Monteith’s character Finn Hudson was edited out of the show’s first two episodes of the season and the tribute episode comes right before Glee goes on hiatus for Fox’s coverage of the Major League Baseball’s World’s Series playoffs.
Producing the show was incredibly emotional for the cast and crew and beyond difficult for Lea Michele. “I’ve never seen a crew that you can’t continue shooting because they’ve left the room sobbing. It was very hard,” Glee creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I struggled even working on it because what you’re seeing is what they felt not just about Finn but Cory. It’s amazing performances across the board and everybody went into it with a lot of love,” he said. “People still are not over it and it’s still very difficult.”
The 31-year old died of an lethal mixture of heroin and alcohol. Monteith has been fighting drug addiction since his youth and earlier this year he took time off from Glee to receive treatment. According to a B.C. Coroners report released earlier this week, a spoon with drug residue, a used needle and two empty champagne bottles were found in the room.
His ashes were cremated and spread in Victoria, Vancouver and Los Angeles – the places Monteith loved and where he spent most of his life. He started his acting career in Vancouver and would often spend his time in the city when not busy with filming Glee. Monteith was also known for his philanthropy for local impoverished youth and partnered with billionaire Richard Branson in his charity work.
Next week’s tribute episode has been titled “The Quaterback.” Fox has released a trailer showing the cast crying and gathered around Finn’s locker. The tribute comes after co-star Jane Lynch’s remembrance of Monteith during the recent Emmy Awards.
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