Lea Michele is mourning the death of her boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith today after police confirmed he was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room.
"We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time," a rep for the 26-year-old actress said in a statement, while a source told HollywoodLife that Michele is "absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable" over the loss of her love.
Monteith's other co-stars expressed their dismay on Twitter quickly as news of the tragedy broke. Mark Salling tweeted a single word — "No" — but later deleted his message.
At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn't seem real to me. I love you Cory.— Harry Shum Jr (@iharryshum) July 14, 2013
I HAVE NO WORDS! MY HEART IS BROKEN CORY WAS NOT ONLY A HELL OF A FRIEND HE WAS ONE AMAZING MEN THAT I WILL HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART FOREVER— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
I AM BLESSED TO HAVE WORKED WITH HIM AND LOVE HIM SO MUCH! MY HEART IS WITH HID FAMILY AND OUR WHOLE GLEE FAMILY! I LOVE YOU ALL!— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
Other celebrities echoed those sentiments.
I am truly saddened to hear about Cory Monteith. What a talented and sweet guy. My prayers go out to his family and loved ones.— Rumer Willis (@TheRue) July 14, 2013
This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith - what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) July 14, 2013
Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words cant describe what they must be feeling— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) July 14, 2013
Monteith's rep and Vancouver police confirmed the death late last night.
"I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, cast mates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith," acting police chief Doug LePard said Saturday night in a statement to press.
British Columbia coroner Lisa Lapointe added, "The death of a young person is a tragedy for their family, friends and community. A sudden death is more shocking and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are mourning the loss of this young man."
LePard also said that "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."
Monteith, who attended rehab in April, is believed to have been alone in his hotel room at the time of his death. Foul play is not suspected.
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