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Cory Monteith ‘planned to treat Lea’

Cory Monteith was apparently arranging a surprise celebration for his girlfriend Lea Michele's birthday when he passed away.

The Glee actor passed away alone in a Vancouver hotel room earlier this month after overdosing on heroin and alcohol.

He had been dating his co-star Lea for over a year and was reportedly looking forward to spoiling her on August 29, when she turns 27. The actress apparently knew he had something in mind and was looking forward to hearing about the plans.

"She didn't know what," an insider told Us Weekly. "But she thought it could be a party and possibly a trip somewhere."

After Cory's death on July 13 it was reported that he and Lea were secretly engaged. While that wasn't the case, the pair had discussed making their romance more serious.

They were apparently ready to move in together, which would likely have happened after Cory's trip to Canada.

"The first step was [that] Cory was going to move in [to Michele's L.A. home] completely. He was already there all the time," a source previously said.

Lea was enjoying a girls' night in with friends when she was told Cory had died and is yet to discuss his passing herself, although her spokesperson has released a statement thanking fans for their support.

The star appears on the cover of the latest edition of Marie Claire Mexico and talks about her relationship with Cory, in an interview conducted before he passed away.

"It's more interesting having a relationship with someone you work with because we get more attention because we play boyfriend and girlfriend on the show and we are also in real life," explained. "But he is the best person I know, he has made my life so incredible, and I am so thankful for him and not only to have him as a partner but also as a co-worker.

"It is important to have someone that supports you and encourage you, someone that makes you feel that you are unstoppable, that you can do anything in the world because you have him."

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