Murphy thinks about Monteith daily
Ryan Murphy always has a “sad feeling” when he thinks about Cory Monteith.
The Glee co-creator worked closely with the late actor on the hit Fox series until his untimely death in July 2013. The star was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 31 following an overdose of heroin and alcohol. It would have been the actor’s 33rd birthday on Monday, May 11 and it gave Ryan yet another chance to reflect on his friend’s life.
“It's always hard when I speak about Cory because I miss Cory," he told People Magazine. “It’s a very sort of sad feeling when I think about him. I miss him. I loved him. I think about him every day."
The 49-year-old cast Cory in the role of Finn Hudson in the musical drama. And almost two years on since his passing, Ryan admitted he still struggles to come to terms with it all.
“I think that he was taken too soon, [that's] one of the great tragedies to me," he added sadly.
Cory had had a long battle with addiction before his death. And one thing Ryan thinks of to try and comfort himself is that the actor had an impact on his peers during his short life.
“I do think that he influenced and helped so many people, and I have to hold on to that," he continued. "It's too overwhelmingly sad."
The American Horror Story: Hotel creator wasn’t the only member of Glee to pay tribute to Cory. Lea Michele, who played Rachel Berry in the series, was in a relationship with Cory at the time of his death. The actress took to Twitter on Monday to remember her late boyfriend.
“I know you're serenading everyone right now.. We love you Cory! Happy Birthday (sic)” she wrote alongside a picture of Cory and a heart emoji.
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