It’s the one year anniversary of the passing of Glee star, Cory Monteith. On July 13, 2013, the actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. Later, an autopsy revealed that his death was caused by a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol.
The 31 year old had spent his life battling demons, and unfortunately they eventually got the best of him. However, his friends and fans are choosing to remember the positive aspects of the legacy he left, no matter how brief. Cory was a fine actor, the heart and soul of Glee, and by all accounts a total mensch.
Here’s a roundup of tweets from some of the folks who knew Cory best–the cast and crew of Glee. Lea Michele, not only played his girlfriend on the show, but was also his partner in real life. It’s got to be an especially tough day for her.
Make sure to watch Cory’s very first behind the scenes video, posted at the bottom of the page. It was shot during the filming of the pilot in the fall of 2008, in a hopeful, more innocent time.
Lea Michele, cast member – plays Rachel Berry and was Cory’s girlfriend on and off screen.
We hold you in our hearts today, and every day we remember your smile. We will love you and miss you always. ?? pic.twitter.com/deA4PQUZNz
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 13, 2014
Ryan Murphy – Glee showrunner
Matthew Morrison – Cast member – plays Mr. Schuster
I personally believe Cory was reborn into some other beautiful form a year ago today. I celebrate him and his life… Wherever that may be.
— Matthew Morrison (@Matt_Morrison) July 13, 2014
Darren Criss – Cast member – plays Blaine Anderson
He was a wonderful guy. Thanks for all the good times, pal. Miss ya. http://t.co/b8PQZrCmYE
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) July 13, 2014
Dianna Agron – Cast member – plays Quinn Fabray
I miss him terribly. I know you all miss him too. To Cory… pic.twitter.com/tfwHKE0gXv
— Dianna Agron (@DiannaAgron) July 13, 2014
Jenna Ushkowitz – Cast member – plays Tina Cohen Chang
Kevin McHale – Cast member – plays Artie Abrams
It’s been 1 whole year & it’s still so surreal, but today is just a reminder of how damn great you were and how much you mean to us all. ??
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) July 13, 2014
Harry Shum, Jr. – Cast Member – plays Mike Chang
I often think of the good memories I shared with Cory and it makes me smile. He was a one of a kind gentleman and will forever be missed. — Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 13, 2014
Ashley Fink – Cast member – played Lauren Zizes in Season 2
Today and every day we remember a very special someone who graced the entire world with his one of a kind smile and unyielding kindness. ??
— Ashley Fink (@Ashley_Fink) July 13, 2014
Mark Salling – Cast member – plays Puck
love ya bro
— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) July 13, 2014
Dot Marie-Jones – Cast Member – plays Coach Beist
A YEAR..I WILL ALWAYS HOLD DEAR THE AMAZING TIME I HAD WITH CORY! AS WE MOVE ON IN LIFE I KNOW HE IS MOVING ON IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE!????????
— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 13, 2014
Alex Anders – Glee music producer
Remembering Cory and so many good times that we shared today. He was one of the good guys. Loving, considerate, talented, funny. Miss him. — Alex Anders (@alxanders) July 13, 2014
Brooke Lipton – Glee Choreographer
I wish the world really knew how big your heart was. But I’m so happy you have a place in mine. I love you Cory.
— brookelicious (@brookelipton) July 13, 2014
Brad Ellis – Glee Cast (Piano Player) and music producer
It’s been a year. More and more what I remember is his big heart and open smile instead of a single tragic mistake. Celebrate JOY! — Brad Ellis (@BradEllisPiano) July 13, 2014
Kalana Falana – FOX promo – Directs many of Glee’s BTS videos
— Kalen G (@KalanaFalana) July 13, 2014