Beloved actor Cory Monteith died on Saturday, July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room, reports CNN. According to the report, Monteith had been staying at the hotel and was observed on security cameras inviting numerous people into his room Friday night. At some point he exited the room and returned alone in the early hours of Saturday morning. Investigators do not suspect foul play. His death has left his co-stars stunned and devastated, and many fans are now questioning if his death will mean the end for Glee.
Monteith’s death comes after years of intense struggles with drug and alcohol abuse. He had completed a stint in rehab earlier this year and even spoke to his co-star, John Stamos, about how grateful he was to be alive. The Daily Mail reports that Stamos said, “We talked about how lucky he felt to be alive and sober. We talked about playing drums. Glad I knew you Cory.”
His girlfriend Lea Michele also spoke eloquently about how much he meant to her, saying:
I don’t even remember a time when he wasn’t my boyfriend. No one knows me better than Cory. No one knows what it’s been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything. For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Now fans on have turned to social media to air their grief and fear about what this will mean for their favorite show, Glee. Twitter user @yannitakhoir asked “It’s a sign to end it?” in reference to Monteith’s death.
Twitter user @falconrussell 4h said “I may be playing it up a bit but the death of Cory Monteith feels like the end of an era. Where does Glee (go) from here?”
@BonnieShailyn seemed to be confident in her answer to how Monteith’s death will impact the show, saying, “Cory Monteith is dead…what? Well that’s the end of Glee.”
Other lamented possible upcoming changes to the show: “So sad to hear about Cory monteith. Another young actor lost to substance abuse and depression. when will it end? Glee will never be the same!” said Twitter user @RhianElizabethJ.
“This will take a while to get over… What is Glee going to be without Cory Monteith? And what about Lea Michelle? His poor family!” said @ZASKIAOFFICIAL.
Will Cory Monteith’s death mean the end for Glee? One thing that’s certain in this uncertain and devastating time is that show writers and producers are going to have to scramble mightily to come up with an explanation for Finn’s permanent absence, especially since all signals pointed to Finn and Rachel getting back together at the end of last season. The loss of Monteith is going to leave a huge hole in the popular series, and cast a pall over what was once an unsullied, joyful show. That alone may be enough to cause a big drop in ratings as fans may not want to be reminded of the tragedy. For the time being, though, Glee fans will undoubtedly try to heal from this terrible loss.
By: Rebecca Savastio
Source: Daily Mail