Ryan Murphy Reveals Cory Monteith's Last Words to Him and Opens Up About On-Set 'Glee' Tension
By Alex Ungerman
Glee took a deep, emotional toll on Ryan Murphy.
The executive producer of the Fox musical series opens up about the experience in a new interview, where he reveals the last time he saw star Cory Monteith, who tragically died of a drug overdose in 2013.
Murphy says that Monteith and his girlfriend at the time, Lea Michele, came to visit him on the set of HBO's The Normal Heart, where the late actor thanked him for helping push him through his struggles.
"We hugged, and the last thing he said was, 'I love you, man, and thank you for helping me get better,'" Murphy recalls to Entertainment Weekly. "And then the next thing I knew he was dead. It was like losing a child."
The Glee co-creator acknowledges the profound affect the actor's death had on the show.
“What started off as being such a great celebration of love and acceptance ultimately became about darkness and death,” he explained.