Glee to air tribute episode to late star Cory Monteith

Glee will be airing at tribute episode for the late Cory Monteith and will directly address drug issues.

Monteith, 31, was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver on July 13th, and the autopsy revealed he died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol.

The Canadian actor had left the show with two episodes left to shoot in Season 4 to enter rehab after an intervention was held in Ryan Murphy’s, the series creator's office, in March.

"His last words to me were, 'I want to get better,' and I always felt and continue to feel even in his death that he did, that he really wanted to fight it and he was humiliated and shamed," Murphy said.

The premiere of season five has been pushed back to September 26, a week later than originally planned, and will start off with a two-part tribute episode to The Beatles, and then the third episode will deal with the death of Monteith’s character Finn Hudson.

Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox, intends the episode to be a “celebration” of Monteith’s life.

“That is the episode where Cory’s character will be written out and will deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory’s Death,” said the executive, who also added, “that does not mean Cory’s character necessarily dies of a drug overdose.”

Murphy will also shoot PSAs with the cast on substance addiction, with the actors “talking directly to the audience” about their feelings on Monteith and on drug use.

Music sales from the tribute episode will go into a charitable fund in Monteith’s honour and provide scholarships to kids.

In addition to the Glee tribute episode for Monteith, a tribute is also planned for the Emmy Awards, that will be aired in September.

Emmy's executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said it will be "something that reflects an homage."

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