Following the shocking news Saturday night that Glee star Cory Monteith had died at the age of 31, his friends, co-stars and others in the Hollywood community, not to mention legions of fans, shared their sorrow. Below are some of their reactions.
Cory's representatives tell ET, "We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss."
A representative for co-star Lea Michele, who had been involved in a longterm relationship with Cory, released a statement saying, "We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time." Later, her reps released another statement. "Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she's received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory's passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family."
Glee Executive Producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company tell ET in a statement, "We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."
Dianna Agron, who played Monteith's onetime girlfriend on Glee, released the following statement to Entertainment Weekly. "I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile. Glee was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry. We really cut our teeth and grew up on this show. In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there. Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone's hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me, but my family. My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us."
Glee guest star Gwyneth Paltrow says in a statement, "Cory was a sweet and talented man. My heart breaks for Lea and the entire Glee family."
Naya Rivera, Cory's Glee co-star, says in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, "The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated."
Another Glee co-star, Mike O'Malley, gave a statement to People magazine. "Cory Monteith was a great guy; Funny, deep, thoughtful, and hardworking," O'Malley said. "In real life, he was the coolest dude, generous, and a great friend to his pals. As Finn Hudson, he did what so many actors strive to do: authentically portray human behavior in a specific, understated manner, thereby eliciting laughter and creating camaraderie with his audience."
Justin Neill, Monteith's close friend and roommate: "I am just dealing with all this still. Trying to wrap my head around it. I want to make sure people know what a great guy and a great friend he was."
I AM BLESSED TO HAVE WORKED WITH HIM AND LOVE HIM SO MUCH! MY HEART IS WITH HID FAMILY AND OUR WHOLE GLEE FAMILY! I LOVE YOU ALL!— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 14, 2013
I'm gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory's family and friends. Lets respect their space as they grieve.— Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) July 14, 2013
Rip Cory Monteith. Sad to see another young person go because of addiction. Blessings go out to his family and friends.— Ryan Guzman (@ryanAguzman) July 14, 2013
#CoryMonteith no words. Prayers. Thoughts w his family. This is terrible. Can't speak.— Kaley Cuoco (@KaleyCuoco) July 14, 2013
Speechless. And for the worst reason.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 14, 2013
Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much...— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) July 14, 2013
Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words cant describe what they must be feeling— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) July 14, 2013
This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith - what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) July 14, 2013
Way too soon. A very nice & good guy. RT @joshgad: RIP Cory Monteith. Gone way too soon.— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) July 14, 2013
The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I've met. Can't believe it.— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) July 14, 2013
One of the kindest people I've ever met! My heart breaks for Cory's family and loved ones... You will be missed and forever loved Cory!— Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) July 14, 2013
Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you.— Katy Perry (@katyperry) July 14, 2013
So sad to lose a dear friend & talented man... @CoryMonteith you'll always be remembered.— Katie Cassidy (@MzKatieCassidy) July 14, 2013
I can't fully process this news. Tragic, tragic loss of a young, promising, talented man. Cory Monteith, rest in peace— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) July 14, 2013
We are all so sad about the sweet boy Cory Monteith. My girls are sad and confused. RIP sweet boy.— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) July 14, 2013
So saddened w/ the death of Cory Monteith. Thoughts & prayers to his family & Glee family.— Kristi Yamaguchi (@kristiyamaguchi) July 14, 2013
My hearts breaks for Cory Monteith, his family, loved ones and Lea. Why?— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) July 14, 2013
My deepest sympathies go out to friends and family of Cory Monteith. Such tragic news.— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) July 14, 2013
My heart breaks for the friends and family of Cory Monteith. What a loss.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 14, 2013
I am so sad to hear about Cory Monteith. He was a lovely person with a ton of talent. My heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP Cory.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) July 14, 2013
Really sad about Cory Monteith's passing. Saying prayers for friends and family, what a difficult time...— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) July 14, 2013
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the heartbreaking news about Cory Monteith. My heart goes out to his family and Lea Michelle.— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) July 14, 2013
How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) July 14, 2013
My thought love & prayers are going out to the friends & family of Cory Monteith my he rest in peace!— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) July 14, 2013
Shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Cory Monteith. All my love to his family, friends & girlfriend. #TooSoon— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) July 14, 2013
So heartbreaking to hear about Cory Monteith...my deepest condolences to his friends and family.— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) July 14, 2013
This hurts. I love you Cory. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. pic.twitter.com/SceFQd7gzT— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) July 14, 2013
First day on Glee he said to me, I can't believe I'm working w/Uncle Jesse- I can't believe i'm writing this tweet. Heartbreaking. RIP Cory.— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 14, 2013
We talked about how lucky he felt to be alive-and sober. We talked about playing drums. Glad i knew you Cory. pic.twitter.com/1Ulq0nYBGz— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 14, 2013
At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn't seem real to me. I love you Cory.— Harry Shum Jr (@iharryshum) July 14, 2013
Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels... Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 14, 2013