UPDATE: Fox: 'Glee' Monteith Tribute to Address Addiction

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Thur 4:26 PM, Aug 01, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Fox says Cory Monteith's addiction-related death will be addressed in the "Glee" episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson.

Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined Thursday to specify how the character would exit, saying he couldn't confirm Finn would be felled by drugs.

The 31-year-old Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Canada last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Reilly said at a news conference that the show's producers are working out the details for the episode. Public service announcements related to Monteith's death are planned.

Proceeds from music sales for the tribute will go into a fund in Monteith's honor.

The episode will be the third aired in the new season of "Glee," which begins Sept. 26.

ORIGINAL STORY: 7/15 at 11:24 a.m.

(CBS News) Cory Monteith's death at age 31 has sent shockwaves throughout Hollywood and the music community.

The "Glee" star was found dead inside his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday. Shortly after the news broke early Sunday, celebrities reacted on Twitter, posting heartfelt messages and sending prayers and love to Monteith's family, friends and girlfriend, "Glee" actress Lea Michele.

Monteith is being remembered as a talented actor and performer, as well as an "incredible" and "good" guy by those who knew him.

Actress Kaley Cuoco tweeted that she "can't speak," while Kristin Chenoweth, who guest-starred on "Glee," wrote, "You will always be loved. Always." Gwyneth Paltrow, who also appeared on "Glee," said, "Cory was a sweet and talented man. My heart breaks for Lea and the entire Glee family." And a note on the official "Glee" Twitter page stated: "We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."

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