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Monteith death delays Glee season

Glee will return for its fifth season a week later than planned following the death of the hit TV show's star Cory Monteith.

The Fox network and Glee producers said that "in light of the tragic passing" of the 31-year-old actor, who played played high school quarterback and glee club member Finn Hudson, the decision was made to delay production until early August.

The show's autumn return, scheduled for September 19, has been moved to September 26.

Monteith's body was found last weekend in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, and tests showed he died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.

He had been candid about his struggles with addiction, which included a rehab stint several months before his death.

Fox and Glee producers have not publicly discussed how the show will deal with the loss of Monteith and his character, or if a decision has yet been made on how to proceed.

In the series, Finn Hudson had graduated and moved on to college, but remained part of the show as an adviser to his old club.

Finn also had an off-and-on romance with fellow student and singer Rachel, played by Monteith's real-life girlfriend Lea Michele.

A Fox release that preceded Monteith's death offered plot highlights of the coming season, including whether Rachel would find success on Broadway and whether the characters of Blaine and Kurt (Darren Criss and Chris Colfer) would marry.

There was no mention of what was in store for Finn.

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