A host of Glee stars and celebrities have paid tribute to Cory Monteith.
The 31-year-old actor’s body was discovered in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday. Cory played heartthrob Finn Hudson in the popular US TV show Glee, and his death has sent shockwaves through Hollywood.
His co-star Mark Salling, who portrays Finn’s best friend Noah Puckerman in the series, was one of the first to express his shock, simply tweeting: “No.”
Dot-Marie Jones plays Coach Beiste in Glee and was also close to Cory. She revealed she is “heartbroken” by his passing.
“Cory was not only a hell of a friend he was one amazing men that I will hold close to my heart forever… I am blessed to have worked with him and love him so much! My heart is with hid family and our whole Glee family! (sic)” she posted on her Twitter page.
Glee director Adam Shankman said the “lights in the world just grew dimmer” after hearing the news.
Kristin Chenoweth previously had a guest spot on the show and said Cory would “be loved always”.
Glee executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company released a joint statement late on Saturday night, following Cory’s unexpected death.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” the statement read.
Pop star Taylor Swift said she was left “speechless” by Cory’s death, while Kim Kardashian offered up prayers for the actor, his family and his co-star girlfriend Lea Michele. “Words cant describe what they must be feeling (sic),” she tweeted.
Actress Zooey Deschanel also took to her Twitter page to pay her respects.
“This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith – what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man,” she wrote.
One Direction singer Niall Horan described Cory as a “super nice guy” and said his thoughts were with the actor’s loved ones at this difficult time.
Vancouver police confirmed the news in a press conference yesterday. The star’s body was discovered when he missed his checkout time following a week-long stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.
Police said Cory – who hailed from Calgary - was with other people on Friday night, but is believed to have been alone when he passed away. Cory had been dead for several hours before he was found.
“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.
“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 has been scheduled for Monday.
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