Glee‘s Cory Monteith has died. The actor’s body was found in a Vancouver, Canada hotel according to the Vancouver Police Department. As of right now, no cause of death has been determined, though Police have indicated that they do not suspect foul play.
Monteith was an early stand-out on FOX’s musical comedy-drama, playing Finn Hudson, a popular jock and glee club star. Over the course of the series’ first four seasons, Monteith’s character dealt with his girlfriend’s pregancy, an on-again/off-again relationship with his glee club teammate Rachel (Lea Michelle), a brief stint in the army, and the pursuit of a career as a teacher. Despite the exit/graduation of four cast members, Monteith was set to return to the show for the upcoming fifth season.
An incredibly talented singer and actor, Monteith had also started to branch out into feature films more, and was set to appear in two independent films – McCanick and All the Wrong Reasons – that are now in post production.
At just 31 years old, Monteith joins the terribly unfortunate and terribly long list of actors that have gone too soon; leaving the full measure of his potential forever aching to be un-capped as everyone stands stunned.
“An exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously.”
Said 20th Century Fox in a statement, while co-star Dot Jones took to Twitter to offer her condolences:
“I have no words! My heart is broken Cory was not only a hell of a friend he was one amazing [man] 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 [his] family and our whole Glee family.”
Choreographer and three time Glee director Adam Shankman also took to Twitter, saying:
“Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much…”
Love, anger, and pain – it’s safe to say that all members of the Glee family (including their fans) are dealing with these emotions right now, but above all others, they are most likely obsessing over the question of “why”, a question that will in some ways never truly be answered.
In Memoriam: Cory Monteith, May 11, 1982 – July 13, 2013.