The entertainment world is heartbroken and mourning the loss of star gone too soon. Glee’s Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel last Saturday. He was only 31 years old.
The cause of death is unknown, but an autopsy is scheduled today. Cory finished his second time in rehab last April for substance abuse and according to his former acting teacher Maureen Webb, who had dinner with him two days before his death, he seemed happy and healthy. “He looked so good, so healthy,” she told People. “I hadn’t seen him look that good in a long time.”
To remember Cory, his talent and his good spirit, take a look at some of the highlights throughout his career.
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Auditioning for Glee
Cory, a long time drum player, was determined to land the role of Finn Hudson on Glee. To show off his musical abilities, he played the drums on tupperware containers, coffee mugs and other miscellaneous objects around his manager's office. He recreated his audition tape years later on The Ellen Show.
Glee premiered on Fox in the fall of 2009, and was an instant hit -- gaining a massive audience and praise from critics. With millions of people across the country declaring themselves Gleeks, Cory Monteith became a household name.
Glee World Tour
When Cory and the rest of the cast joined Glee, they surely couldn't imagine all that was to come. The cast embarked on a world tour all around North America and Europe, performing live for their dedicated Gleeks.
Glee 3D Concert Movie
From the small screen to the big screen, Cory and his Glee co-stars took their world tour and put it in theaters for the Glee 3D movie. It grossed $18 million and is the seventh highest grossing concert movie of all time.
Cory and the cast have been nominated for 12 awards, and he has taken home four, including a 2010 SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast, Choice TV Comedy Actor at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, "Male TV Star" at the 2012 Do Something Awards.
Relationship With Lea Michele
Cory and Lea may have played a couple on screen since 2009, but it wasn’t until 2011 that they took it off screen as well.
In March, Cory admitted himself into Crossroads treatment facility for substance abuse. He completed the one month program in April.
Cory has worked with a number of charities, such as Do Something, Virgin Unite, GLAAD, The Elephant Project and Chrysalis.
We are heartbroken for Cory's family and friends and are sad to say goodbye to this talented actor gone way too soon.
Rest in Peace, Cory.