It has finally been confirmed that Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute episode will deal directly with the subject of drug addiction.
The 31-year-old actor, who battled a drug addiction since his youth, died from a fatal heroin and alcohol overdose on 13 July. The unexpected death of the young star left many fans of the hit musical comedy show confused as to how Fox would deal with Cory’s character, Finn Hudson, in the programme.
Fox’s chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly has revealed that the special episode which will be aired on 10 October in memory of Cory will “deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular.”
Glee creator Ryan Murphy also plans to shoot PSAs with cast member in character as friends of Finn’s character.
“They’re going to speak directly to the audience and I think they’re going to be very impactful,” explained Ryan.
Despite Cory’s relapse earlier this year which forced him to enter rehab in March, Fox’s chairman of Entertainment admitted that his tragic death came as a shock.
“You see some people struggling with addiction and it’s clear. Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force. He was not a problem,” he revealed.
The Fox chairman also praised Cory’s girlfriend and Glee co-star, Lea Michele, for being professionalism and a “pillar of strength” following this ordeal.
“She was the first one to say I want to get back to work,” he said.
“First day of Glee today..And at my first wardrobe fitting for Rachel Berry for Season Five! I’ve missed her so much (heart),” tweeted Lea on Thursday.
Following Cory’s untimely death, the 26-year-old kept a low profile while grieving in private with Cory’s family in Canada and thanked fans for their continued support during this sad time.
“Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart,” she posted on Twitter on 29 July.
Kevin confirmed that all money raised from the music sales from the third episode in honour of Cory would be used to start a fund for the actor.
Glee will continue with production next week and the first episode will air on 26 September.