Naya Rivera issued a statement about the death of her 'Glee' co-star Cory Monteith, who was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. Read what Naya says about Cory, as well as what 'Glee' co-star Mike O'Malley said about the fallen star. There's no doubt that Cory Monteith's death is hitting his TV family as hard as anyone--his Glee co-stars have taken to Twitter to express their sorrow and Matthew Morrison dedicated a recent performance to Cory.
While girlfriend Lea Michele has yet to react publicly (her rep requested privacy for the star), Cory's co-star Naya Rivera released a statement that shares just what a special part he played in her life:
"The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory's family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated."
Mike O'Malley, who plays Cory's character's step-dad on Glee, also spoke well of the fallen star, telling People.com, "Cory Monteith was a great guy; Funny, deep, thoughtful, and hardworking. In real life, he was the coolest dude, generous, and a great friend to his pals."
He added, "As Finn Hudson, he did what so many actors strive to do: authentically portray human behavior in a specific, understated manner, thereby eliciting laughter and creating camaraderie with his audience."
Mike explained just what a kind person Cory was, saying, "If an ability to show others kindness and fostering fellowship are two qualities that all humans should strive for, Cory mastered them long before he died. He deserved a long life. His death has rocked all of us at Glee."
What's the future of Glee without Cory?
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