Cory Monteith’s death by drug overdose will be addressed “directly” on Glee.
The star was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room last month and officials have confirmed his passing was caused by a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol.
Glee executives confirm that Cory, who portrayed Finn Hudson since the program’s premiere in 2009, will be written out of the show by episode three of the forthcoming season.
Details of Cory’s demise will not be sugarcoated.
“That is the episode where Cory’s character will be written off and will deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory’s death,” Fox network’s Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly told Deadline.
Show executives also revealed that in light of Cory’s passing Glee filming has been delayed and season five will now premiere at the end of September.
His Glee co-stars, including his on-and-off-screen girlfriend Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, Jane Lynch, Amber Riley, Ryan Murphy, and others, held a private memorial for Cory last week.
Cory died at the age of 31. He had previously sought rehab help when he was 19 and spoke openly about his struggle with drink and drugs.
His love Lea is reportedly taking his passing incredibly hard.
Last Sunday she emerged out in public for the first time following his July 13 demise wearing dark sunglasses.
The outing came just as Lea released a statement on Twitter thanking fans for their well-wishes during her time of grieving.
“Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart,” she tweeted.
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