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Lea Michele & Glee co-stars reel over death of Cory Monteith

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Cory Monteith dead: Celebs react

The cast of Glee — including Cory Monteith's girlfriend Lea Michele — are in shock today after learning of the death of their co-star.

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.

Other celebrities echoed those sentiments.

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.

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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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