Following the tragic death of Cory Monteith, his Glee co-star Chris Colfer, has opened up about his late friend’s “tremendous spirit” in a new interview.
Monteith, who played Finn Hudson in the hit US teen musical drama, was found dead by staff at a Candian hotel after a lethal cocktail of alcohol and heroin ended his life.
Following the stars death and cremation, which was attended by only immediate family and Monteith’s co-star girlfriend Lea Michele, the rest of the Glee cast took to social networking sites to express their sadness at the loss.
Lea Michele even dedicated her recent Teen Choice Award to Monteith, describing him as special with a “handsome smile” and “beautiful, beautiful heart”, adding:
“So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and became a part of all of our hearts – and that’s where he’ll stay forever.”
And now another of Monteith’s friend’s and co-stars, Chris Colfer, has spoken out about the fallen star.
In an interview with Parade Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel in the show, described Monteith as “a great human being” adding:
“I hope fans remember just his spirit. He was a really great, great human being, and he was a great, great person.
“I had so much respect for him. [I] will always have so much respect for him. So, I hope that’s what people remember.”
The new series of Glee is due to premiere will air on Fox in the US on September 26, starting with a double Beatles tribute followed by an episode in tribute to Monteith where it is expected his death will be linked to that of his characters.
After this it is believed that the show will take a three week hiatus whilst writers try and figure out the best way to move forward with the show in Monteith’s absence.
Show creator Ryan Murphy had previously revealed that he would be happy to can the entire show if Michele deemed it too hard to return.
Watch lea Michele’s heart-wrenching tribute to Monteith at the Teen Choice Awards in the clip below: