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Photo from One of Cory Monteith's Final Movies Released

Photo credit: Eliza Morse/Bleiberg Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Just a few weeks after Cory Monteith’s death from mixed drug toxicity, a photo from one of his last movies, McCanick, has been released. The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

“The character he plays is this drug-addicted street hustler,” director Josh C. Walker told Entertainment Weekly a while ago. “He was wanting to tap into things from his youth -- which he’s been very open about publicly. I think he saw the role as an opportunity for catharsis.”

Monteith, who was 31 when he died, struggled with addiction throughout his youth.

At one point, he told Parade magazine that he’d experimented with “anything and everything” and was “lucky to be alive.” In April, he entered rehab.

“If I can, through my experience, shed light on the way out of a difficult situation I know many kids are experiencing, you know, just like I did when I was a teenager, I mean, that’s huge,” he once said.

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"Glee" Dealing With Cory Monteith's Death 'as a Family'

Eddy Chen/FOX(NEW YORK) -- The decision to postpone the season premiere of Glee by only one week in the wake of Cory Monteith's death was made by none other than Monteith's on-and-off screen girlfriend Lea Michele, show co-creator Ryan Murphy said.

"She was very adamant that she thought it was best for the cast and crew to get back to together sooner [rather] than later so that mortgages could be paid and people could take care of their families," Murphy told the website

In the interview, Murphy was candid about how the show would handle Monteith's death.

The cast is scheduled to come back to work in early August, when they will begin filming the first two episodes of the season, which have already been written. The third episode will then be crafted to deal with the death of Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, which Murphy said "is a very difficult episode to write."

"[It] has to be done very carefully and with a lot of taste and really make sure that it's a tribute to Cory," he told

Following the tribute, the show will go on hiatus to figure out the next best steps going forward with Monteith gone.

"It's just a crazy, really difficult, very emotional time. I think what we're really trying to do is deal with it as a family, which is what that group of people is," he said. "Lea is obviously very grief-stricken but she's also one of the strongest people I know. She wants people to be better and get back to work. So that's what we're going to do."

Monteith, 31, was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 13, after he failed to check out on time. He died of mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia Coroners Service said Tuesday.

The Glee star had a history of substance abuse. In 2011, he told Parade magazine that, at 19, he went to rehab, saying that he took "anything and everything" and was "lucky to be alive."

This past April, his rep confirmed that he entered treatment once again for addiction.

In the interview, Murphy shined light on the fact that Michele had staged an intervention for Monteith to get him help.

"Your life is more important than any stupid TV show," Murphy said he told Monteith. "You're not going to film. You're going to get in a car right now and get help that I and [Executive Producer] Brad [Falchuk] and Lea and I arranged."

Meanwhile, fans organized a vigil Friday night for the actor outside the Vancouver hotel where Monteith was found.

Monteith's cousin, Richard Monteith, who attended the vigil, told ABC News the two often spoke about Monteith's relationship with his co-star.

"They were around each other 24/7 and we were able to witness something beautiful," he said. "My heart goes out to her."

A memorial for the actor is planned for later this week.

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"Glee" Star Cory Monteith Found Dead at 31

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- Cory Monteith, who played the football-hero turned singing heartthrob Finn Hudson in the Fox hit show Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room this weekend, authorities said. He was 31.

The actor had checked into Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on July 6 and was scheduled to check out Saturday, according to police.

When he did not check-out, the hotel staff went to his hotel room and found his body.

Vancouver Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said the actor had been dead for several hours when his body was discovered.

"Mr. Monteith was found deceased in his room at approximately noon today," Lapointe said at a news conference late Saturday.

Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said the evidence shows Monteith was last seen returning to his room alone late Friday night.

Although the cause of death is not yet known, police have ruled out foul play. Police said they believe he was alone when he died. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

"We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss," a representative for the actor said in a statement to ABC News.

GLEE Executive Producers, 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company posted the following statement on the Glee Facebook page:

"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," the statement said.

On-screen and off, Monteith dated Glee co-star Lea Michele, who played Rachel Berry on the show.

"We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time," a representative for Michele's representative said in a statement Sunday.

Monteith has played Glee character Finn Hudson since the show debuted in 2009.

His first real break was a recurring part on the teen sci-fi show Kyle XY. He also made guest appearances on several other TV shows including Smallville, Stargate and Interns.

Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and later moved to Vancouver Island, according to his bio on the Glee website.

Struggle With Drugs

Like the character he played on Glee, Monteith looked like the all-American boy next door who was always smiling.

But the actor dealt with serious issues throughout his life including drug abuse, something he had always been open about.

He said his life long battle with substance abuse started with drugs at the age of 13.

In April, his rep told ABC News that he had checked into rehab.

Lea Michele told People magazine at the time, "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this."

"I am grateful and proud he made this decision," she said.

In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, Montieth said he got treatment at 19 for his addiction struggles that included taking "anything and everything." He told Parade that he was "lucky to be alive."
He hoped that others would learn from his experiences.

"If I can, through my experience, shed light on the way out of a difficult situation I know many kids are experiencing, you know, just like I did when I was a teenager, I mean, that's huge," Monteith said on the Canadian TV show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in 2011.

Reaction to Monteith's Death

Twitter has been flooded with an outpouring of support and love for the late star.

Just minutes after police confirmed Monteith's death, Mark Salling, who plays Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the show, simply tweeted, "no". That tweet was later deleted, but not before being retweeted thousands of times.


Glee Guest star Kristin Chenowith tweeted, "RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always."

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Jane Lynch: I'm Not Leaving 'Glee'

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On a recent episode of Glee, Jane Lynch’s character took responsibility for a terrifying school shooting, which ultimately cost her her job. But, says the actress, in this case, life will not imitate fiction.

“As far as I know, I’m [still] in!” she tells ABC News. “I’m in the two episodes after this, so I’ll have a new [direction].”

Lynch, 52, who is now a spokeswoman for belVita Breakfast Biscuits, says that she welcomed the opportunity to tackle such a serious topic, but, “I don’t know that I was prepared for the amount of scrutiny and the amount of attention going to it.”

“I think [series creator] Ryan [Murphy] wrote a terrific story,” she adds, “And I thought, ‘I’m glad that he’s shedding light on this.’”

The actress, who is making her Broadway debut in Annie next month, is also speaking out in support of her co-star Cory Monteith, who entered rehab earlier this month for substance abuse.

“He knows the drill — he knows what he needs to do,” she says. “It’s almost like he has to renew his vows of sobriety to himself and that’s what’s so great about it: He went of his own volition to take care of it.”

Lynch, who says that she’s been sober for 21 years and has bonded with Monteith over that, adds that being upfront and honest about addiction is an important part of the process.

“It’s the only way to go,” she says. “You have to take chances of telling the truth and not hiding behind anything.”

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'Glee:' Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer Staying?

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer aren't leaving Glee after all.

In comments that seem to contradict what Glee creator Ryan Murphy said in a recent interview, series co-creator Brad Falchuk indicates that all three stars will be seen on the Fox hit beyond its upcoming third season, even though their respective characters are set to graduate from high school. Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego on Sunday, Falchuk said, "They are graduating but because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show." He said all three are under contract beyond next season.

Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter said Michele's Rachel, Colfer's Kurt and Monteith's Finn will not appear on Glee after next season. The story cited Ryan Murphy, who said he wanted the show to be "true to life" by having their characters -- all seniors -- graduate from high school. At Comic-Con, Falchuk allowed that there was "confusion" over Murphy's comments.

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Lea Michele, Cory Monteith & Chris Colfer Not Returning to 'Glee'

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like this will be the last season for some of Glee's big stars.
Lea Michele's Rachel will be graduating high school. And she'll have some company. Her on-again, off-again boyfriend Finn, played by Cory Monteith, and bullied gay teen Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, will also be leaving.

Show co-creator Ryan Murphy tells The Hollywood Reporter it's only realistic, since the three were sophomores in high school when the Fox show started, and now they'll be seniors.

And as for one of them returning as a teacher or something? He says forget it, they won't be back at all for season four.

The three are arguably the most popular characters on the show.

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Cory Monteith Reveals He Had a 'Serious' Drug Problem

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cory Monteith, who is best known for his role as the clean-cut jock Finn Hudson on Glee, reveals to Parade magazine that he had a serious drug problem when he was a teen. In this Sunday's issue, Monteith, who is now 29 years old, admits, "I'm lucky on so many counts, I'm lucky to be alive."

The British Columbia native said that by the time he was 13 years old he was getting drunk, smoking pot and skipping school.  By the time Monteith was 16 years old, he had moved on to stronger and harder drugs. At age 19 he went to rehab, but it didn’t seem to help.  After stealing money from a family member Monteith says he was given an ultimatum to either get clean or face theft charges.  Monteith credits that incident with turning his life around, explaining, "I was done fighting myself. I finally said, 'I'm gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I'm doing this.'"

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