It’s been a shocking weekend for TV DivaGal. First the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, then learning that Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday night. He was 31.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Cory when he was first cast on Glee back in 2009. He reminded me of his character Finn Hudson, a sensitive star quarterback who gets forced into the glee club, and actually likes belting out musical lyrics and jazz hands. But Cory shared that was not the case.
“I was kind of an outsider in high school. I didn’t gravitate much to any particular group. I didn’t play sports, I didn’t sing or dance or any of that,” he confessed. “High school wasn’t for me,” he added, in a what could have been a telling sign.
Cory dealt with substance abuse issues in the past, according to his own admission, and earlier this year completed a stint in rehab.
In a statement, Glee producers, 20th Century Fox TV and Fox network executives called Cory “an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously.ΓÇ¥
As a true fan of Glee who has watched every season of the program since its inception, this news saddens my heart. The DivaGals send their condolences to Cory’s family, friends, the cast of Glee, and to all the Gleeks who enjoyed every minute of Cory’s work.