Saying goodbye is never easy, as the cast and crew of Glee learned yesterday. The group held a special, private memorial for their friend and cast mate Cory Monteith to celebrate his life after his tragic and unexpected death less than two weeks ago.
“Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith,” a producer for 20th Century Fox Television said in a statement.
“We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve [for] our friend and colleague during this difficult time.”
The group, which gathered at the Paramount Studios where Glee is filmed, included Murphy, Michele, Kevin McHale, Dianna Agron, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum Jr. and Jane Lynch, among others.
“It was beautiful,” Lynch told TMZ. “And still really sad, but it was beautiful.”
Co-star Chris Colfer made a tribute to Monteith on his Instagram page, posting a photo of the pair at an interview.
“I’ll never forget all the laughs we shared or the faces we made after awkward interview questions. Love and miss you, buddy,” he wrote.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has disclosed how the show will deal with Monteith’s death: by killing off his character in the third episode of the upcoming season. After that, fans can expect a long hiatus as the writing team figures out how to take the show in a new direction.
“We’re going to take a long writers’ hiatus after that episode to refigure the season and continue to take care of the cast and crew and work on setting things up in Cory’s honor — scholarships, what have you — because that’s something we’re dedicated to doing,” he told TVLine.
Monteith’s death was ruled an accidental overdose by Canadian authorities.