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'Glee' stars 'leaning on each other' on set following Cory Monteith's death

The stars of Glee got back to work last week following a month of mourning their late castmate Cory Monteith, who died July 13 from a combination of heroin and alcohol. For Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the show, being surrounded by people who love Monteith is just what the cast needed.

“We’ve all been leaning on each other. It’s been a rough patch and a rough time,” he told People magazine on Saturday. “I don’t know when that will ever end, that rough patch of losing a friend like that. It’s so unexpected, but we’re all leaning on each other.”

Before returning to work, the cast and crew gathered July 25 to pay tribute to the actor, who made his name playing Finn Hudson on Glee. Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) said that memorial was a necessary part of their grieving process.

Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel put 'Wicked'-ly adorable new twist on 'I'm Not That Girl' -- VIDEO

Broadway power couple Idina Menzel (Wicked) and Taye Diggs (Rent) were so grateful for one woman’s support of A Broader Way, their performing-arts charity for under-served communities, that they decided to thank her in the best way they know how: with a song!

For the thank-you tune, Menzel, who also plays Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)’s mom on Glee, chose “I’m Not That Girl,” one of her standout numbers from Wicked, but this time, it had the added bonus of her dreamy husband beatboxing in the background. The cell phone video was recorded at the airport, with the couple crouched in a corner, singing/beatboxing as quietly as possible — but we’re guessing their fellow Delta loungers wouldn’t have minded an impromptu performance from the talented twosome. Check it out below:

Darren Criss talks Cory Monteith: 'We're picking up the pieces now'

Darren Criss stopped by Conan last night, where the actor shared his memories about his late co-star and “dear friend” Cory Monteith. His remarks join Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele and other Glee cast members who have weighed in since the actor’s untimely death July 13.

Calling him a “wonderful guy,” Conan O’Brien asked Criss how the cast was holding up. “Obviously it’s been a very rough time,” Criss shared. But the actor tried to look forward, explaining, “We’re picking up the pieces now and there’s two things you got to remember about Cory: One, he was a really funny guy. He had a great sense of humor; he loved life. He always took care of his friends, he wanted his friends to be happy, so it’s only right that we try and start to smile again, try and laugh again. It’s something he would have wanted.”

He continued, “On a personal note, he will be severely missed but I’m just happy that a guy like him got to touch as many lives as he did while we were all lucky enough to have him.”

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Lea Michele and Kevin McHale share memories of Cory Monteith


Cory Monteith’s real-life girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele has issued her first public remark following Monteith’s death July 13.

On Twitter, she posted a beach shot of Monteith and herself together, along with the message, “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.”

Chris Colfer remembers Cory Monteith: 'Love and miss you, buddy'

Cory Monteith’s Glee family gathered last week for a memorial on the Paramount Studios lot where the show films, but the tributes didn’t stop there.

Following the private event, Chris Colfer (Kurt) took to Instagram — just as co-star Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) had done days earlier — to remember his co-worker and friend.

Chord Overstreet's song for Cory Monteith: Hear it here

Jane Lynch praised his talent, his effervescence, and his huge heart on The Tonight Show. Dianna Agron wrote poignantly about his generosity and said that his friends “will always carry a piece of [him] with us.” Matthew Morrison dedicated a song to him during his cabaret act, Up Close and Personal with Matthew MorrisonAnd now another voice from the Gleeosphere has released a moving tribute to the fallen Cory Monteith — and naturally, he’s chosen to do so in song.

Over the weekend, Glee star Chord Overstreet performed at The Roxy in Los Angeles. Among the songs he performed was this plaintive, unnamed original ballad — which Overstreet introduced by mentioning the recent loss of a dear friend, then saying, “This is for you, Cory.”


An emotional Jane Lynch talks Cory Monteith on 'Tonight Show'

Gleeks: This is a tough one.

Jane Lynch stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, where the visibly upset actress weighed in on the death of Glee co-star Cory Monteith. “Cory’s one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light,” she shared as her voice broke. “He was one of those guys that … he knew he was breathing rarefied air. The gifts that this wonderful show gave us. He was always aware that it was a gift and he was quite generous. He was one of those adventurous types of people. I always admired how he would get up… you know, he would fly to Mexico, he’d throw parties for his friends. I don’t think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family. We’ve lost a really great guy.”

When asked by Leno how she would like people to remember him, she replied, “He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him. That’s the kind of guy he was. He was just a real giver.”

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What we can learn from Cory Monteith: The Internet weighs in

The news was tragic, but unfortunately not surprising: The coroner’s office announced Tuesday that Glee star Cory Monteith died of a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” The actor had checked into rehab and completed a 30-day stint in April and had talked openly about battling addiction as a teenager. In the wake of his death, the Internet took a break from getting itself outraged about that Rolling Stone cover and instead is using this as an opportunity to educate people about addiction and how all-encompassing and devastating the illness can be.

Comedian Rob Delaney — who himself got sober 11 years ago — shared some thoughts on his Tumblr, highlighting how addiction is a lifelong battle but that no one is beyond help or destined to die from their demons. “One of the hallmarks of alcoholism and addiction is multiple attempts to curb your use/abuse of drugs and alcohol. I’m only writing this because I sensed a fatalism in some of the replies I received from people, suggesting they believe that some folks are destined to OD and die. F— that. F— you if you think that. Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the f—ing mouth. But if you want to beat it, you must ACKNOWLEDGE ITS STRENGTH.”

Where does 'Glee' go from here?

It’s just awful. That was my first thought when I heard the news that Glee star Cory Monteith passed away Saturday at just 31 years old. It’s particularly awful as a Glee fan who has watched the show hit metaphorical high notes, with Monteith’s goofy charm, boyish good looks, and heartwarming earnestness central to the show’s winning DNA.

Now, on top of a horrific and tragic situation for everyone personally involved, the Glee team has to work out where exactly the show goes from here. Glee is currently slated to return in September (no word yet on whether that date will hold). Although it’s not likely anyone’s first priority just yet, the writers have two difficult tasks lying ahead of them: 1) Deciding what to do about Finn, and 2) Devising a way to continue what is supposed  be a goofy, over-the-top musical comedy in the wake of a tragedy.

As a fan who has spent the past four years watching, dissecting, and singing along to the show, here’s what I personally want to see going forward, with the important caveat that I hope, more than anything else, all cast members involved want to continue. If Monteith’s real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele — or anyone else — decides they need to be off the show for a bit, as a fan, I hope they are given that option.


Fan tributes honor Cory Monteith on social media

In the wake of Cory Monteith’s death, Gleeks and fellow Monteith fans have gathered together to mourn his passing and celebrate his life and work. Fans took to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, among other sites, to express themselves and honor the Glee star. Members of other fandoms also reached out to Gleeks in mourning, offering virtual “fandom hugs” in support. The Canadian-born actor was best known for his role on Fox’s Glee as football jock/New Directions performer Finn Hudson. L.A.-area fans even joined each other off line for an impromptu vigil held outside of Paramount Pictures Studio where Glee is typically filmed.

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