'Glee' convention becomes memorial for Monteith
A handwritten card is placed among flowers at a small memorial to Canadian actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday July 14, 2013. Monteith's body was found in a room at the hotel Saturday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
What was supposed to be a weekend celebration of the musical TV series "Glee" turned into an impromptu memorial of song and dance for Cory Monteith after news of the "Glee" co-star's death rocked a "Glee" fan convention in England.
The hundreds of "gleeks," as they're known, joined a chorus of thousands worldwide who took to social media with similar expressions about Monteith's passing. The actor's struggles with addiction echoed those of other young stars whose premature deaths also left young fans grieving.
"The whole day was simultaneously the best and worst experience of my life," said Chloe Harvey, an 18-year-old fan from Portsmouth, England. "The news was devastating. No one had any idea what to say or do. It just shows how much of a truly amazing guy Cory was that everyone was so shocked and emotional about the news. Everyone was crying and sharing their stories."
In this undated publicity image released by Fox, Cory Monteith, left, and Darren Criss are shown in a scene from "Glee." Monteith, who shot to fame in the hit TV series "Glee" but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room, police said. He was 31. (AP Photo/Fox, Adam Rose)
Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, according to police, who said an autopsy was taking place Monday. Police have ruled out foul play.
With no obvious cause of death, the British Columbia Coroners Service said it will do further testing to determine how he died. It could take several days before toxicology test results are in. Sgt. Randy Fincham said there's nothing to indicate the death was due to illicit drug use.
Police said Monteith had been out with people earlier, but video and electronic records from the hotel indicated he returned to his room by himself early Saturday morning. He was believed to be alone when he died.
The Fox network and the producers of "Glee," including 20th Century Fox Television, called Monteith an exceptional performer "and an even more exceptional person." They said he was "a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously." Lea Michele, Monteith's "Glee" co-star and real-life girlfriend, asked for privacy upon hearing the news of his death.