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Glee's emotional Monteith tribute

Glee stars have gathered to pay tribute to their co-star Cory Monteith in a moving send-off episode, which has aired in the US.

The third episode of the fifth series, titled The Quarterback, was dedicated to the 31-year-old, who died from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose in July.

Set weeks after the death of his character Finn Hudson, it saw the students and teachers of McKinley High reunite to celebrate Finn's life, without showing how he died or his funeral.

Lea Michele's character Rachel, Cory's on and off screen love, appears at the end of the episode for the show-stopper.

Before performing Bob Dylan's Make You Feel My Love, she said: "I loved Finn, and he loved all of you guys. I used to sing in the car and before him, I used to sing alone. This is the first song I sang with him when we would drive around together."

Coach-turned-principal Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), said the way to honour Finn was to take care of the people he loved by "not making a self-serving spectacle of our own sadness".

The cast sing Seasons Of Love from Broadway musical Rent, Naya Rivera (Santana) sings The Band Perry's If I Die Young, Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Kevin McHale (Artie) join forces on James Taylor's Fire And Rain.

Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy told E! News: "It was very difficult. But it was done with a really pure feeling of love for [Cory]. I think that's what that episode is about - treasure your friendships when you have them because one day they're not going to be there. T he actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it."

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