Kristin Chenoweth, Mark Salling and more of Cory’s fellow gleeks took to Twitter shortly after his death.
The entire world was stunned when news broke June 13 that Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room — but few were as devastated, or more vocal, than the people who worked with Cory, 31, on his hit Fox series.
‘Glee’ Cast Reacts To Cory’s Death
Mark Salling, who plays the on-screen BFF to Cory’s Finn, tweeted the most knee-jerk response to Cory’s passing — a simple, and heartbreaking, “no” — but he deleted his tweet shortly after.
Harry Shum, Jr., who plays Mike Chang, wrote, “At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn’t feel real to me.”
One of the most intense responses, due largely to her use of capital letters, came from Dot Marie Jones, who plays Coach Shannon Beiste:
I HAVE NO WORDS! MY HEART IS BROKEN CORY WAS NOT ONLY A HELL OF A FRIEND HE WAS ONE AMAZING MEN THAT I WILL HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART FOREVER.
I AM BLESSED TO HAVE WORKED WITH HIM AND LOVE HIM SO MUCH! MY HEART IS WITH HID FAMILY AND OUR WHOLE GLEE FAMILY! I LOVE YOU ALL!
Kristin Chenoweth, who made three appearances on Glee as April Rhodes, simply tweeted, “RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.”
Iqbal Theba, who plays McKinley High’s delightfully demented Principal Figgins, tweeted, “OMG!! My Cory…”
Lauren Potter, who plays Sue’s partner-in-crime Becky, paid tribute with three heartbroken tweets:
I am totally heartbroken right now. I love Cory so much this hurts my heart.
I hope my #glee family is ok right now. I love them all.
Cory was always so nice to me. I have so many good memories.
Josh Groban, who has made two guest appearances on the show, tweeted, “While I only met him briefly on set, I remember him to be an extremely sweet guy. Tragic. RIP Cory.”
Ricky Martin, who played a Spanish teacher, tweeted, “I just heard the news.This is so sad. My heart goes out to his family & friends, specially Lea Michelle.Rest in peace Cory #RipCoryMonteith.”
Neil Patrick Harris, who had a cameo way back in season one, wrote, “How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed.”
Former cast member Damian McGinty also chimed in, reflecting on his time working with Cory. He tweeted, “The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I’ve met. Can’t believe it.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, who had many cameos throughout Glee released the statement: “Cory was a sweet and talented man. My heart breaks for Lea and the entire Glee family.”
Fox & 20th Century Fox Also Respond
Along with Cory’s cast members, the network (Fox) and studio (20th Century Fox) behind Glee also chimed in with thoughts of sadness and reflection:
Statement on behalf of: GLEE Executive Producers, 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company.
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.
Cory Monteith will truly be missed by all. HollywoodLife.com‘s thoughts are with Cory’s family, his co-stars, and anyone else touched by his incredible talent.
HollywoodLifers, what was your reaction to the shocking news? And how will you remember Cory? Drop a comment with your initial thoughts.
— Andy Swift, with reporting by Russ Weakland