Cory Monteith's Struggle With Addiction, His 'Glee' Legacy
'Glee' Star Cory Monteith Dead at 31
The actor came clean about his drug addictions in 2011. In the years following his parents' divorce, Monteith did drugs and alcohol ("anything and everything, as much as possible"), stealing from friends and family to support his habits, and cycling in out and of 12 schools.
"I'm not Finn Hudson," Monteith he told Parade magazine. "I'm lucky on so many counts - I'm lucky to be alive." He hoped the confession wouldn't make kids think addiction and dropping out would be a path to stardom, but instead would inspire people on the verge of giving up. "Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can."
In April, Monteith voluntarily checked into a treatment facility. He had to be written out of the final two episodes of season four, but many of his co-stars tweeted public support of his move, including "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy.
I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%.— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 1, 2013Two months earlier, Monteith had urged his Twitter followers to read about the White House's moves to reform the nation's drug policy, moving it away from a law enforcement issue to a public health issue.
I couldn't agree more. pls read and RT " @richardbranson: "Toward a Smarter Drug Policy" http://t.co/3w1HAilbZy via @HuffPostPol " — Cory Monteith (@CoryMonteith) February 25, 2013
What Monteith Brought to "Glee"
third-season drop-off had some fans and critics agreeing the show had apparently played itself out. One major reason was the graduation storyline of seven key characters, and so-called Gleeks — "Glee" fans — protested news that Monteith, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer wouldn't be returning to the show."Glee" has been a ratings powerhouse, but a
The three were brought back, but Murphy certainly stayed true to his word of a "heavy theme during season 3," as post-William McKinley lives soured: The romance between quarterback Finn Hudson and glee diva Rachel Berry ended; troublemaker Puckerman was in Los Angeles scamming work; powerhouse vocals Mercedes Jones turned down a coveted record deal rather than sexualize her image; and tough girl Santana Lopez quit college to become a cage dancer in New York.