“Glee” star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday morning. He was only 31. Hollywood took to Twitter to process its grief, and stars expressed their condolences to Monteith’s girlfriend, Jewish actress and co-star Lea Michele.
I can’t fully process this news. Tragic, tragic loss of a young, promising, talented man. Cory Monteith, rest in peace ampmdash; Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) July 14, 2013
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the heartbreaking news about Cory Monteith. My heart goes out to his family and Lea Michelle. ampmdash; The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) July 14, 2013
My deepest sympathies go out to friends and family of Cory Monteith. Such tragic news. ampmdash; Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) July 14, 2013
Struggling to cope with the reality of such an unwarranted loss. It's so hard to make sense of this. My thoughts are… http://t.co/CkAKaGi0Fw ampmdash; Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) July 14, 2013
This is extremely sad. I am without words. My heart goes out to Lea. #RipCoryMonteith ampmdash; Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 14, 2013
Gwyneth Paltrow, who guest-starred on “Glee” as substitute teacher Holly Holliday, was equally devastated. “Cory was a sweet and talented man,” she said in a statement. “My heart breaks for Lea and the entire Glee family.”
The producers of the hit show, whose future is now uncertain, expressed the following thoughts: We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. 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.”
Lea Michele has been incommunicado since the news broke, but her reps released a statement asking that “everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”
Jewish Stars Mourn Cory Monteith
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.