Lea Michele Releases Statement Addressing Cory Monteith's Devastating Death

lea michele cory monteithIn the wake of Cory Monteith's death, one of the first questions Glee fans around the world wondered was how his co-star-cum-girlfriend Lea Michele is faring upon learning the absolutely heart-wrenching news. Support for the star was apparent, as various reactions on Twitter included the hashtag "#prayforLea," which soon became a trending topic on the site. 

As for the Lea's reaction, sources tell Hollywood Life that she's understandably "absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable” and "devastated." Lea herself has yet to speak out, but the star's reps did release a statement to Entertainment Tonight, which reads:

We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time.

Ugh. This is just unbelievable ... Judging from the outpouring of love and support for the actress, I would truly hope that everyone heeds this request. However, there's already been buzz that the couple may have split up right before Cory's passing. (And that's allegedly why Lea spent the Fourth of July in Cabo San Lucas with a girlfriend, while Cory was spending time in his native Canada.) While it's a valid question, who knows if there's any truth to that whatsoever. After all, it was only a few months ago, in April that Lea vowed publicly to stand by Cory as he fought his addiction demons in rehab, stating:

I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.

Only time -- and Lea herself -- can tell us what really happened in the days and hours leading up to this tragedy.

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At the very least, we can take some heart in knowing that Lea can seek support from her Glee family who is also stunned and grieving at this time ...

Harry Shum, who plays Mike Chang, tweets, "At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn't seem real to me. I love you Cory." Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Biest, wrote in all caps, "I have no words! My heart is broken. Cory was not only a hell of a friend, he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever," while frequent director of the show, Adam Shankman, wrote, "Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much..."

What thoughts and prayers are you sending Lea and the Glee cast/crew?

 
 
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nonmember avatar Tammy

My Prayers Go out to Lea and the Friends and Family of Cory. This is so Heartbreaking!! My she find the strength and peace to get through this devestating time... RIP Cory!! You Will be Missed!! :(

PRIMA487 PRIMA487

You say we should respect her privacy at this time, but then you go on to to speculate about rumors, that's not being respectful .If they did break up,its no ones business but theirs.Let her mourn without bs at this time.Leave that to the Natl. Enquirer.

nonmember avatar MiaMirabell

Can't even imagine what Lea is going through. My thoughts and prayers are with her and everyone close to Cory <3

Brandy McNamee

Of all the people you expect to make headlines for tragic untimely deaths... Cory Monteith would not ever cross my mind. I am shocked. I've never watched Glee, not because I don't like it or anything but because I don't really have time to sit down and watch any shows and I've just never watched Glee, so I don't really know the cast members all that well, but they just seem like pretty wholesome, decent people (and I am by NO means implying that ANY of them aren't.) What I mean is something like Cory Monteith's untimely death is absolutely, positively mind blowingly shocking because you never see these people having meltdowns in rag mags, or drunkenly dancing on tables, or falling out of limos disheveled and half naked. I know they seem like a very close cast and I can't even begin to imagine their grief.  Anybody who passes away so young, it's gut wrenching. It makes you realize that none of us ever know when it might be our last.... anything. Day, night, chance to hug or kiss our loved ones, play with our kids, say I love you , dance, laugh...love.  Wow. This is so, so sad.

Roses... Rosesandlilys

I cant even. I seriously just cant.

Erin Scribner-Lane

To the Family and Cast of Glee, I am deeply saddened that we have lost an amazing and talented actor! Lea and Cory's family my heart and prayers go out to you! I am still in shock! Glee will never be the same without Finn!

Rebecca Marie Adcox

I am a Glee fan and I'm with Brandy McNamee, "of all the people you expect to make headlines for tragic untimely deaths...Cory would not ever cross my mind." I've been a fan of Glee for years and my son and I watch it religiously. Cory seems like he IS Finn Hudson, all goofy, lovable, loyal, talented yet humble. He'll be missed by so many. My heart goes out to his family and to Lea.

nonmember avatar Carol

My prayers go out to Cory's family & Lea at this heart breaking time. Just know that we all will miss him as well. God bless & RIP, Cory.

SaphireH SaphireH

she was having a girls weekend the same as any other woman would have single or not, there is no rule that says once you are in a relationship you cant spend a day or so away from your partner to go enoy some time with your friends or family..... I am heart broken for Lea, to have found the love of her life and then get him ripped from her by death. its just not fair

Lorrie Howe

Lea, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time in your life. Tabloids will print whatever will sell their paper, Only you and cory know what the truth is and its really no ones business but yours. celebrity or not, you are entitled to privacy! I hope in the weeks and months ahead, that you can find peace and joy again.

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