Cory Monteith: Glee tribute episode to 'deal directly' with drug addiction
A tribute episode of Glee will “deal directly” with the circumstances surrounding Cory Monteith’s death, a Fox executive has confirmed.
A television tribute to the Glee actor, who died from a drug overdose last month, is planned for the third week of the series’s fifth season which is due to air in the autumn.
Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox, said Monteith’s character Finn Hudson will be written out of the series in the memorial episode.
“That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular,” he said.
Reilly also confirmed that the cast will record a message warning about substance addiction to be aired in advertising slots during the broadcast.
Music sales from the tribute will go into a charitable fund in Monteith’s honour.
The actor, 31, was found dead in his hotel in Vancouver two weeks ago. An autopsy revealed he died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
Reilly said Fox intends the episode to be a “celebration” of Monteith’s life.
He told the Television Critics Association.: “You see some people struggling with addiction, it’s clear: ‘He was dark, she was always a partier.’ Cory wasn’t like that. He was a big, open, wonderful life force.”
Earlier this week Michele broke her silence about Monteith’s death, telling her 3.5 million Twitter followers: “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.”
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sabrina Corgatelli: US hunting tourist posts picture of herself with dead giraffe after Cecil the lion outrage
- 2 Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
- 3 A-level results 2015: UK exam board OCR admits it 'estimates' hundreds of pupils' grades after papers 'go missing'
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks busy Dublin road
Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
A Very British Brothel, Channel 4 - TV Review: These insights into people who buy and sell sex are particularly relevant
Cilla Black: Her 12 best songs, from 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' to 'You're My World'
Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros
Game of Thrones season 6: 'A Song of Ice and Fire should be finished by 1998,' said George R. R. Martin, 'but don't hold your breath'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality