While everyone at Fox and Glee is still reeling from the sudden death of Cory Monteith on July 13, Fox's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly did address the actor's passing at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles on August 1.
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"The third episode will write Finn out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory's passing and the drug abuse in particular," he said, but would not confirm that Finn dies of a drug overdose.
"Ryan [Murphy] will shoot some PSA's with the cast, who will speak directly to the audience." Additionally, all the proceeds from the music in that episode will go to forming a foundation in Monteith's memory.
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Last month Glee creator addressed Monteith's passing, revealing, "We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work. We will then do an episode that will deal with the death of Finn's character and follow that with a long hiatus. I don't know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying out best with this attempt at damage control."
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Monteith died at the age of 31 from a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol, the BC Coroners Service confirmed on July 16.
Glee season five premieres September 26 on Fox, before going on an indefinite hiatus three weeks later.