Lea Michele takes over arrangements for Cory's funeral
More details about their relationship have emerged, with Lea being dubbed his 'guardian angel' by close friends.
GLEE actress Lea Michele is organising her late boyfriend's memorial service.
The tv star is said to have always been fiercely protective of her boyfriend, particularly in relation to his substance abuse, has taken over organising the arrangements from his grieving mother.
Michele reportedly tried to protect her boyfriend as much as possible, and when they were together, she did everything in her power to prevent him from relapsing, according to TMZ. However, Cory died during a boys trip to Canada. He was 31.
The actress engineered his intervention to return to rehab earlier this year, alongside the cast and several producers of their show Glee.
Meanwhile, it has also been revealed that Monteith has been cremated, but his father Joe was not invited.
"I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very very much. I'm saddened at the fact that I couldn't have been there to see my son before he was cremated," Joe said. He is divorced from Cory's mother.
Cory's body was reportedly released to his mother on Tuesday. The late star was found in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon after he failed to check out on time. An autopsy on Monday showed that he died from a lethal overdose of heroin and alcohol, and he was cremated yesterday.
Meanwhile, his cast mates from the popular musical show have spoken of their grief at losing their co-star.
"I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile," said Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on Glee.
"Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone's hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met," she continued. "He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me, but my family.
"My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us."
Jane Lynch, who plays Coach Sue Sylvester, added her condolences to the Monteith family and Lea Michele.
"Cory was one of the biggest hearts and was a real bright light. He was one of those guys that knew he was rarefied air from the gifts this show, this wonderful show gave us. He was always aware that it was a gift," she said in an interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
"He was quite generous and one of those adventurous types of people. You know, I always admired how he'd get up and fly to Mexico, throw parties for his friends. I don't think he left one day un-lived. He was a real bright light in our family. We've lost a really great guy."
"He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him," she recalled. "That was the kind of guy he was. Just a real giver."