Lea Michele & 'Glee' Cast Gather for 'Emotional Celebration' of Cory Monteith's Life (VIDEO)

Ugh, we still can't believe Glee's Cory Monteith is gone. And Lea Michele and the rest of the cast and crew can't believe it either. They are still in mourning, as we are. Fans of the show and Cory are still so concerned and devastated that Fox TV released a statement today about Cory's Glee memorial service because interest was so high. Here's what happened.

Fox said in a statement:

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. We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.

I can only imagine what this was like. It must have been surreal, everyone standing around sharing memories of a man they had every reason they would believe they would see again.

Lea, especially, must just feel like she's in a nightmare. Reportedly, she and Cory were about to move in together. And he was planning her birthday party, which is this month. Now instead of celebrating, she will be mourning.

It's nice that music was included in the memorial, as music was such a big part of his life. He got the part of Finn Hudson by singing REO Speedwagon's "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore"; Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" became his signature tune on the show.

It sounds like it was a lovely tribute to Cory. His fans will also see a tribute show on Glee, which will be difficult to watch but will be a wonderful way to honor his memory and talent.

Here's Cory and Lea talking about his audition. Will you continue to watch Glee?

 

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bills... billsfan1104

You guys need to stop. It's not like he died of cancer or in a car accident or was murdered. He did this himself. I am sorry he died, but again he was a drug addict. You guys act like he was a hero and should be on a pedestal.

Angela Batchelor

I will definitely watch Glee.  And to the other commenter - addiction is a disease.  One that you can have a greater chance of having if your parents or grandparents do.  I've watched it happen.  "He did this himself" is not fair or 100% accurate in this case.  From everything I've heard/read/seen, Cory was an amazing person that deserves to have his life celebrated.  He was a kind, giving, selfless man - who unfortunately had demons that were beyond his ability to control.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

I agree these articles need to stop, but not because he did this to himself. Most deaths could be argued "he did it to himself," from cancer to heart disease, to traffic accidents. Death is sad, and his death is especially sad to many because he seems like the All-American guy (I know he's Canadian, but you know what I mean) and it scares us. These articles need to stop because it's gross. It's voyeurism. It's speculation and hearsay and disgusting. I wouldn't be surprised if I read on this site what color underwear Lea Michele was wearing when she found out Cory died. The early memorials were tasteful; now, the articles are just tacky.

bills... billsfan1104

Alcohol and drug addiction is just that, an addiction. I do not agree that it's a disease. Do I believe that some people are prone to certain behaviors, perhaps. But he chose to take the drugs and drink alcohol. He might of been a very good guy, and by all accounts he was. But let's not act like he should be on a pedestal.

kelti... kelticmom

I'm sorry, addiction most definately IS a disease. One that is also heriditary. I can drink a few glasses of wine on the weekend and be fine, but my husband can't. Because if he does, he can't stop. If a doctor gave him prescription pain medication for a toothache or broken bone, he would very likely become addicted to them. We have been to hell and back with this. Not to mention the PTSD from three tours of duty in Afghanistan. The mess for that just feed the addiction. And as an ER nurse, I see people from homeless vagrants to teens to soccer moms to community leaders who fight this demon disease. Alcohol, street drugs, pain meds, etc. Sure a person who started heroin or cocain set themselves up for the disease much like a person who uses a tanning bed or smokes sets themselves up for cancer. But many times people get the disease from the Rx's that their doctor writes for a legitimate reason.

kelti... kelticmom

Not to mention addiction has an ICD-9 code. Which makes it a diagnosable disease.

2rcom4t 2rcom4t

Drug or Alcohol IS NOT A Disease it's an ADDICTION.STOP calling it a Disease your not  born with it nor do you catch it. You get Hooked on it because your weak and can't deal with reality. Being a Celebrity comes with SO much Pressure and lack of privacy that even the strongest person can fall.

nonmember avatar Linda

“It’s essentially the toxic effect of two depressant substances in combination, being really hazardous,”
The substances work on two different parts of the brain and shut down a person’s respiratory centre in the brain until their breathing starts to slow, then stops.
“You’d be under the effects of the drugs to the point where you wouldn’t be aware or be able to call for help because you’d be sedated.”
Such overdoses often happen when people are alone and have abstained from using drugs for a while, a combination of alcohol and opiates is just a huge risk.”
“If he was alone and it appears he was using alcohol, those would be two dangerous combinations but of course the stigma and the shame around addiction often has that unintended consequence of driving people into an environment where they might be alone.”
Heroin in Vancouver, often called China White, is typically strong and comes from South East Asia, compared to Los Angeles, where the drug tends to originate from Latin America.
R.I.P. CORY

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