Taylor Swift, “Glee” Co-Stars React to Cory Monteith’s Death

Though he made some missteps, Finn Hudson, Cory Monteith’s character on “Glee,” functioned as the heart of the show, routinely encouraging and inspiring characters with his lovably dorky persona. His character’s growth–both as a person and as a musician–functioned as the illustration of the series’ own growth, as well as that of its characters and viewers.

In real life, Monteith touched many, cultivating a positive reputation with his peers and millions of fans over the course of a career that ended far too early on Saturday, July 13. Monteith, who had recently finished a stint in rehab and seemed to be in a good place as “Glee” geared for production on its fifth season, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon. He was 31.

Word broke shortly after midnight, shocking the millions who found something–be it joy, inspiration or just likability–in the centerpiece of FOX’s influential series.

An outpouring of support spread throughout social media, with a combination of diehard fans, casual observers and big-time celebrities sharing their condolences for those most affected by Monteith’s unfortunate passing.

Mark Salling, who played Finn’s best friend Puck on “Glee,” initially–and heartbreakingly–Tweeted “No,” before ultimately deleting the note.

Other celebrity comments, including those from “Glee” guest stars Iqbal Theba, Dot-Marie Jones and Damian McGinty, follow:

Written by Brian Cantor

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