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“I’m like everybody else, really devastated and confused by what happened,” Shankman said.
Monteith began his career in a number of small roles leading up to a recurring part between 2006 and 2007 in the ABC Family science-fiction drama “Kyle XY” and another role around the same time on the MTV series “Kaya.”
But “Glee,” a show set in the small town of Lima, Ohio, was Monteith’s breakthrough. A big part of the show was his character’s on-again-off-again romance with glee club star Rachel Berry, an aspiring entertainer played by Lea Michele.
Monteith and Michele followed in the footsteps of their fictional counterparts by dating in real life. They appeared publicly together as recently as last month at a charity ball.
A representative for Michele said she had not issued a statement following Monteith’s death.
Dot-Marie Jones, who plays “Glee“‘s football coach, said on Twitter, “I have no words! My heart is broken.”
In recent episodes of the series, Rachel had left to attend college in New York while Finn stayed in Lima, where he worked at his father’s auto repair shop and later got involved in helping lead his former school’s glee club.
In a statement on the “Glee” Twitter page, the show’s executive producers and Fox said they were “deeply saddened by this tragic news”.
“Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person,” the message said. “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.”