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‘Glee’ says goodbye to Cory Monteith

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On Thursday night, “Glee” bid farewell to a beloved actor and character.

The series ran its tribute episode titled “The Quarterback” in honor of actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the hit Fox show. Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room in July. His death was ruled accidental due to “mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol” according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.

The memorial episode had been eagerly awaited by fans desiring to see how the storyline would be crafted to deal with the loss of one of the show’s central characters. Thursday night’s show picked up three weeks after the funeral of Finn with no information as to how the character died.

Viewers watched as the entire McKinley High School grappled with his loss — including the character of Finn’s love, Rachel Berry, played by Monteith’s real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele. “He was my person,” Michele’s character, Rachel, cried during the show.

“I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,”Michele recently told TV week Australia.  “Everyone is asking, ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’ But the truth is, it’s no harder at work than it is in life — so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together.”

The sadness of the characters and cast extended to the fans. Fox set up a memorial page, #RememberingCory, to curate tweets, vines and Instagrams for viewers to share memories and their feelings watching the very emotional episode.

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