Mourning Cory Monteith: 10 Reasons the 'Glee' Star Won Our Hearts (VIDEOS)

Cory Monteith Lea MicheleThe weekend is over, but it's still hard to shake the shock of hearing that Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada. An autopsy for the Glee star will determine the exact cause of death, but it's hard to believe that anything will truly explain why such a promising young star was taken from us at just 31 years old.

Cory came out of near obscurity when he arrived on Glee, but he quickly became a favorite, in no small part because of who he was beneath the surface of his character, Finn Hudson. We mourn Cory today by remembering what we loved most about him:

1. His candid talk about his drug use. Many artists struggle with addiction, but Cory's decision to talk about it openly was inspiring to many who saw him as proof that we are more than just the demons we battle.

2. His lopsided smile.

3. His love of Lea Michele. Watching those two in public, it was hard not to see them as carbon copies of Finn and Rachel. He seemed just as in love and just as supportive as his on-screen alter ego was of her on-screen alter ego. Remember when he told Ellen they were a couple?

4. His dancing. Cory can sing like an angel, but like Finn Hudson, he had two left feet. Two adorable left feet.

5. His dedication to LGBT causes. Cory was a straight ally to the fight for equality, hosting the GLAAD Media Awards, working with the Trevor Project, and filming PSAs like this one to inspire gay teens:

6. His drumming. We only got a small taste of his skills on Glee, but Cory performed with the band, Bonnie Dune, off set and he really let go on stage. One video of him rocking out is titled "Cory Monteith's drumming sexual [sic] frustrates me" because he was just THAT good.

7. His work with homeless youth. Cory came close to homelessness as a teen, and he never forgot where he came from. Since becoming a star, he has dedicated himself to helping homeless youth, even partnering with Richard Branson to raise money to keep these kids off the streets.

8. His Project Limelight. Cory has spoken in the past about acting changing his life, and he threw himself into changing lives for kids, helping to start the non-profit Project Limelight to provide a free theater program for children.

9. His humility. Cory was known for being down-to-earth, not a star who got too big for his britches when he became famous. Robert Ullrich, the Glee casting director, called him the show's "most accessible" actor when Cory stopped by an episode of The Glee Project last summer to mentor the kids trying out to be his new co-star.

10. His voice. Let's face it; we would never have known Cory if it weren't for the voice that won him the role of Finn on Glee, and what a voice it was. When he sang, Cory took the boy next door quality of Finn Hudson and made him the boy you couldn't take your eyes off.

Glee will not be the same without Cory. Our hearts go out to the entire Glee cast today, but especially Lea Michele.

What made you fall in love with Cory Monteith?

 

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Paul Clark

It is such a sad thing to see a man so young die so soon. He had such a promising career ahead of him and a beautiful girl on his arm. He will be missed by all us fellow Gleeks.

Sara Lotz

His smile...loved him

Emma Collins

He made me realise that I want to preform and his smile. He is/was awesome

nonmember avatar Michelle

I first watched Cory Monteith in the TV show, "Kyle XY," and though he ended up being a not-so-faithful guy on the show, he seemed to be quite the opposite in real life. He was fantastic on Glee. I was shocked at the news, and he will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to Lea, and Cory's family.

Rosalyn McClenon

Corey's voice was great. He will be missed by all

SaphireH SaphireH

It kills me to know Lea had the love of her life ripped from her. I can't even begin to imagine the pain she's in

Kasia Wilson

Everything just everything he was beautiful all inspiring and funny amazing he had a great life a fantastic girlfriend and he helped make GLEE the best show it could be and he was Totally and completely the guy who was friends with everybody who helped everyone and loved making everyone smile because for him doing all that was easy because he was the greatest at it:) he will never be forgotten glee won't be the same but his spirit will live on forever he will stay Gleeful forever:)<3
-Kasia Wilson

James Lampe

The world's a little darker without Cory. He was an amazing actor and a wonderful person. My heart and prayers go out to his family and Lea. so sad. It brought tears to my eyes learning of his death. He was one of the few actors that was truly transparent. He always allowed his fans to see him truly how he was. I think what I could relate to the most was that he seemed a lot like me. Always was a friend to others, had two left feet, and would help anyone in need. Cory will be missed but I'll never forget what amazing, talented, and down to earth guy he was. We all love you Cory. RIP.

nonmember avatar Aubrey

What I loved about Cory would be everything. He was the one I fell in love with first on the show. When I found out he passed I didn't want to believe it. Glee will never be the same again. RIP Cory. You will be missed by everyone.

Amber Katie Ko

Everything about him is amazing

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