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In recent episodes of the series, Rachel had jetted off 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 their “Glee” Twitter page, the executive producers of the show and Fox said they were “deeply saddened by this tragic news”.
“Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person,” the Twitter 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.”
Singer and former “Glee” actress Kristin Chenoweth said in a message on Twitter shortly after the police news conference, “You will be loved. Always.”
Taylor Swift tweeted that she was “Speechless. And for the worst reason,” while Rihanna posted that Monteith’s death was “heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!”
Other tributes were posted by singers Lance Bass, LeAnn Rimes and Zooey Deschanel, who mourned the “absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.”
An autopsy was set for Monday, LePard said.