Remembering Cory Monteith: 6 Best Moments From ‘Glee’ (Video)

Actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon. The 31-year-old actor became famous playing the character Finn Hudson, a football player turned glee club captain, on the Fox hit show Glee in 2009.

Glee producers issued a statement Sunday about Monteith’s death: “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.


Monteith voluntarily admitted himself into a rehab facility in March for substance addiction and in late April, the star completed the program and checked out. His last public outing was with his girlfriend and Glee co-star, Lea Michele, June 8 at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, according to USA Today.

Watch some of our favorite performances by Monteith on GLEE below: (Also check out how celebrities are reacting below:)

6. “Man in the Mirror” (Season 3)

5. “I’ll Stand By You” (Season 1)

4. “Just the Way You Are” (Season 2)

3. “We’ve Got Tonight” (Season 4)

2. “Marry You” (Season 2)

1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” (Season 1)

News of the star’s death rocked Hollywood as stars reacted via Twitter:

• Ellen DeGeneres: “My heart breaks for the friends and family of Cory Monteith. What a loss.”

• Nina Dobrev: “I’m gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory’s family and friends. Let’s respect their space as they grieve.”

• Kim Kardashian: “Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words can’t describe what they must be feeling.”

• Lance Bass: “Devastated about the news of Cory Monteith – such an incredible guy – my thoughts are with his family and friends.”

• Katy Perry: “Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you.”

• John Stamos: “We talked about how lucky he felt to be alive-and sober. We talked about playing drums. Glad i knew you Cory.”

• Demi Lovato: “#RIPCoryMonteith… So unbelievably tragic. Please #prayforLea.”

• Neil Patrick Harris: “How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed.”

• Julianne Hough: “One of the kindest people I’ve ever met! My heart breaks for Cory’s family and loved ones… You will be missed and forever loved Cory!”

• Dot-Marie Jones:
“I have no words! My heart is broken.”

• Josh Sussman: “I am so saddened to hear about Cory. He was such a great guy/Super-kind &warm.”

• Harry Shum Jr: “At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn’t seem real to me. I love you Cory.”

• Zooey Deschanel:
“What an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.”

• Rihanna: “Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels… Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!”

• Sophia Bush: “I saw him a few weeks ago in NY, looking so happy. heartbreaking…”

• Adam Shankman: “Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much…”

• Kristin Chenoweth: “RIP Cory Montieth. You will be loved. Always.”

• Mario Lopez: “RIP Cory Montieth… Such a nice guy, very down to earth. Incredibly sad….#TooYoungToDie”