Saturday 24 February 2018

Glee's Matthew Morrison pays tribute to tragic Cory Monteith

Glee star Matthew Morrison
Glee star Matthew Morrison

AN emotional Matthew Morrison paid tribute last night to his Glee co-star Cory Monteith.

Fittingly, Matthew (34) paid his tribute to Cory (31) on stage.

Morrison is currently performing in New York for the show 'Below 54' and went on stage last night despite the sadness he felt as news of 31-year-old Cory's death emerged.

The Glee star, who played teacher Will Schuester in the hit series, told the audience he felt "awkward" to be on stage performing so soon after the Cory's death, whom he described as a "brother".

"You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that's what we'll do. And we'll do it in Cory's honour," Matthew told the audience.

He also expressed his sadness and thoughts for his other Glee co-star and Cory's girlfriend, Lea Michele, as well as Cory's family.

Matthew sang an acapella version 'What I did for love" - a number which Cory and Lea performed together on 'Glee'. Audience members said he made a peace sign at the end of the performance.

A source told US Weekly: "It was very difficult for him to perform, but he did not want to disappoint anyone."

Meanwhile, an autopsy on Cory's remains is expected to be conducted later today.

Cory died while staying in a hotel in his native city of Vancouver, Canada.

It's understood Cory was a regular visitor to the city, and there were unconfrimed reports that he was home visiting a children's theatre group.

On Friday night, he went out with a group of friends. Several hours later he returned to the hotel alone.

Cory was supposed to check out early Saturday afternoon. When he failed to do so, staff went up to check and found the actor dead.

Vancouver Police Department say it was "obvious" that he had been dead for some time.

According to the police, there was no apparent cause of death.

Toxicology tests are currently underway and results should be known in the next couple of days.

In the past, Cory has spoken of his addiction issues.

At the age of 19, he checked into rehab. In a 2011 interview, he told of how his family and friends staged an "intervention" at the time as they feared he would die.

In April of this year, he checked into rehab once again. However, friends of the actor say he was "committed" to his sobriety since leaving the facility in May.

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