Glee Cast, Crew Gather For Emotional Cory Monteith Memorial (UPDATED Chris Colfer Reacts)

GLEE: Finn (Cory Monteith, L) and Rachel (Lea Michele, R) perform in the "Sweet Dreams" episode of GLEE airing Thursday, April 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose/FOX

The cast and crew of Glee gathered today at Paramount studios to memorialize the life of Cory Monteith.

20th Century Fox Television said in a statement:

Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith. We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.

Cory was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13. The actor, who died from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol, spent a month in rehab last April after his girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele, organized an intervention that included Glee executive producer, Ryan Murphy.

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Glee production has been delayed in the wake of Cory’s death. The cast and crew won’t get back to work until early August, and the musical comedy will premiere on September 26–one week later than originally scheduled. After the first two episodes–Beatles tributes that were already written back in May–a show will air that deals with the death of Finn and will serve as a tribute to Cory. A long hiatus will follow to allow the producers and writers to figure out a new arc for the rest of the season.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Glee family as they grieve.

UPDATE:

After the memorial, Chris Colfer tweeted an instagram photo in tribute to Cory, “I’ll never forget all the laughs we shared or the faces we made after awkward interview questions. Love and miss you, buddy.”

Here’s the interview the screencap is from

It’s the last interview Chris and Cory did together.

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