I was hoping desperately that the cause of ‘Glee‘ actor Cory Monteith‘s death wasn’t down to a drug relapse, but the results of the autopsy and toxicology reports undertaken confirm that he died after consuming a lethal cocktail of heroin and alcohol, with both strongly present in his system.
Over the weekend Cory‘s cousin Richard Monteith asked fans via ‘Global Views‘ to abstain from judging him over his usage, and encouraged them to remember all the brilliant things he did instead: “Please don’t judge on what is gonna be coming out. Glass half full. All the good things that he’s done. There’s more things on that side to focus on. As guys, we didn’t really talk too much about problems. But for me, anyways, that’s not the focus. People are gonna focus on this last chapter as a bad thing. Don’t use the last chapter do judge someone’s life … Because his life is full of beautiful stories and failures and successes. It doesn’t matter about his problems. It matters about the lives he changed. It matters that he was genuine.”
His final film role before his death was as a drug-addict in prison for murder in a nitty gritty indie style flick, ‘McCanick.’ Director Josh Walker has described this week Cory‘s determination to ‘People’ to not only obtain the part, but to prove to himself and others that he can move on from his troubles: “He opened up quite a bit. He was like, ‘I can do this character. I know this character. I was this character. I have lived elements of this.’ He said, ‘I was a troubled youth.’ ”
As for an update about girlfriend Lea, her representative has since provided a slightly lengthier account: “Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.”
Excellent ‘Glee‘ actor Cory Monteith died sometime yesterday in Vancouver. The 31-year-old actor, who played the role of principal character Finn Hudson from the start of the show, was staying in a room on the 21st floor of the ‘Pacific Rim Hotel‘ in Canada when he died of supposedly natural causes. Alarm bells rang with hotel staff when he failed to surface from his room after the allotted check out time, and when security were called to investigate, and found him deceased.
Despite his past rehab trips, (the most recent being this April), he had appeared to have conquered his drug problem, which developed when he was just 13, and police on the scene insisted that there didn’t appear to have been any foul play when they discovered his body several hours later. An autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
His publicist Melissa Kates simply said: “We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.” What makes this story even worse is the fact that he and girlfriend Lea Michele are said to have been planning their wedding in recent weeks, and were due to marry in just a fortnight. Fans of the ‘Fox‘ series (and myself included) feel that his death will put pressure on the show’s producers to cancel the show indefinitely; it simply wouldn’t be the same without him, and one fan described it as being “on its last legs anyway.” The most heartbreaking quote I’ve read today was from another fan on Twitter, who spoke of his passing from Lea‘s point of view: “she went from planning a wedding to planning a funeral.” Truly awful, and very surreal.
Celebrity tributes: Ariana Grande: “
#RIPCoryMonteith shocking and heartbreaking. Prayers, condolences and love.” One of my avourite authors Lindsey Kelk added: “Reading the news about Cory Monteith. So very sad. Sometimes someone is so good an actor, we don’t see the truth until it’s too late.” Kim Kardashian: “Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers for his family. Praying for Lea too! Words cant describe what they must be feeling.” Jessica Lowndes: “Absolutely heartbreaking. I’m in shock 😦 #RipCoryMonteith All of my thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family and loved ones.” Katy Perry: “Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you.” Demi Lovato: “ #RIPCoryMonteith… So unbelievably tragic. Please #prayforLea.” ‘Pretty Little Liars‘ actress Lucy Hale: “With ever ounce of my body praying about Cory and his family and his friends. God bless all involved. Heart broken.” Hayley Williams: “My heart goes out to his friends, family, fans, and everyone who worked with him on ‘Glee‘. Rest in peace, Cory.” Former cast member, Irish actor Damian McGinty: “The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I’ve met. Can’t believe it.” Another original cast member, Harry Shum, wrote: “At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn’t seem real to me. I love you.”
Cory Monteith, who shot to fame playing awkward dancing teen Finn Hudson on ‘Glee‘, has entered rehab for the 2nd time at the age of just 30. The cause for the stay is substance addiction, although the name of the substance has yet to be confirmed by his representatives. Plans for him to appear in the last 2 episodes of the current season have been scrapped, and producers will have to find another avenue to take his story along.
‘Glee‘ boss and creator Ryan Murphy tweeted: “I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%.” Cory‘s spokesperson said: “Cory has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
His girlfriend Lea‘s short statement about the drama read: “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.” She also tweeted yesterday: “Thank you all so much for all your love, support, and encouragement. It’s means the world to us. Still so overwhelmed by all the love and well wishes we have received from you all.. my heart is so full.”
Amber Riley has finished her role of Mercedes Jones on ‘Glee‘ after 3 years on the show.
She tweeted: “That’s a wrap on Mercedes Jones! Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I’ve known day in and day out for 3 years. I’m going to miss the whole ‘Glee‘ family, seeing them everyday. I have so many brothers and sisters now. But I am looking forward to a much needed and deserved summer vacation! SCHOOL’S OUT ‘Glee‘ Kids! Let’s play! Stay tuned to see what’s next for Mercedes.”
I wonder what she’ll move on to next…
‘Glee‘ singer and actress Amber Riley fainted on the red carpet last night at an LA screening for the ‘Fox‘ show. Afterwards, she blamed the bright lights coming from he photographer’s cameras for making her feel giddy. She collapsed as she made her way along the carpet at the ‘TV Academy of Arts and Sciences‘ for a panel discussion held in front of ‘Emmy‘ voters.
She reassured fans she was fine after: “Hey guys, I’m okay 🙂 I got a little dizzy from all the photographer’s flashes! You’d think I’d be used to it by now, still a red carpet amateur I guess. Gonna get checked out but I feel fine. Thank you for all the concern and well wishes. I’d also like to thank the photographers for being so professional and not taking photos of me on the ground. I truly truly appreciate it. Could have been super embarrassing.”
Taylor Swift has been rejected by the “Les Miserables” casting team in favour of lesser-known West End actress Samantha Barks.
Samantha, who played lead character Eponine from 2010-2011, became famous on TV show, ‘I’ll Do Anything,’ and came in third place. Others considered for the role were Lea Michele, Evan Rachel Wood and Scarlett Johansson.
The official “Les Miserables” Twitter account posted a message of congratulations after her appointment was announced: “Big news: @SamanthaBarks will be Eponine in the film! Mr Mackintosh knows how to pull off a coup de theatre, eh?” Samantha wrote: “Words cannot express how much I appreciate all the amazing support I have received from everyone! I haven’t stopped smiling!”
Tom Hooper has been signed up to direct the film. Cast members will include: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.
Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen
The 18th ‘Screen Actors Guild‘ awards look place in Hollywood last night, and the big winners of the event were ‘The Help‘ and ‘The Artist.’
Lea Michele in a brave Valentino gown with a thigh-high split
‘The Help‘, the film adaption of Kathyrn Stockett‘s novel, was awarded a statue for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture‘, in addition to separate awards for film stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
Angelina Jolie in Jenny Packham
Jessica Lange won the award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series‘ for her role in ‘American Horror Story‘.
Giuliana Rancic wore an embellished Basil Soda number
Jean Dujardin of ‘The Artist‘ won ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role‘, and Christopher Plummer took home the award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role‘ for ‘Beginners‘.
Kaley Cuoco looking breath-taking in mint green Romona Keveza
My absolute favourite dress of the evening was Kaley Cuoco‘s mint coloured feathered-effect one by Romona Keveza, which was worn perfectly with a bohemiam plait.
Naya Rivera in a beaded Naaem Khan gown