Lea Michele, "Glee" Castmates Post Tributes To Corey Monteith 

By Paul Gaita 07/16/19

Last weekend marked the sixth anniversary of Monteith's 2013 overdose death. 

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith in 2012
Lea Michele and Cory Monteith in 2012 ID 34739975 © Featureflash | Dreamstime.com

The late actor Corey Monteith was remembered via social media posts by his Glee co-stars, including his former girlfriend, Lea Michele, who has paid tribute every year on social media since his death from an accidental overdose in 2013.

Michele posted an image of the sun behind clouds over a body of water with the message, "The light always remains," while fellow castmates Kevin McHale, Amber Riley and others also remembered their friend with their own posts.

Monteith died in a Vancouver hotel room from an overdose caused by a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol, among other substances, on July 13, 2013.

"He Was Not His Addiction"

Michele, who met Monteith while both were starring on the TV series and dated him from 2012 to 2013, has posted images and/or messages about the actor on each anniversary of his death, and carries more permanent tributes to him on her person in the form of several tattoos, including his Glee character's football jersey number.

In a 2014 interview with Seventeen, Michele said that she "only had happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction—unfortunately, it won. But that wasn't who he was. Cory made me feel like a queen every day."

In addition to Michele, Monteith's co-star Kevin McHale posted an image of the actor on his Instagram page, with a caption that read, "The sweetest boy. Forever."

Amber Riley's Instagram post featured a candid of her with Monteith and the caption "6 years without those bear hugs." And Heather Morris commented on Jenna Ushkowitz's post by writing, "Missing him a lot lately."

His Struggle

Monteith's struggle with drugs and alcohol began in his early teens, which he described in a 2011 interview with Parade as a period in which he "burned a lot of bridges." He entered rehab for the first time at the age of 19, and earned headlines in 2013 for an on-set intervention by cast and crewmembers that resulted in a stint in rehab that same year.

After completing a 30-day period of treatment in April, Monteith was found dead in a room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on July 13. He was 31 years old.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.