Lea Michele Posts Emotional Cory Monteith Tribute On Her Ex-Boyfriend’s Birthday

Lea Michele has posted an emotional and heartfelt tribute to her ex-boyfriend, Cory Monteith, on what would have been his 33rd birthday almost two years after he died.

Michele took to her Twitter account on Monday to post the tribute.

Lea Michele’s message instantly struck a chord with her followers, as it has since been favorited over 49,000 times and re-tweeted 65,000 times.

Cory Monteith died at the age of 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, after he was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. It was ultimately deciphered by an autopsy that he died from a mixed drug toxicity that consisted of heroin and alcohol. It was deemed to be accidental.

Monteith had previously struggled with substance addiction throughout his life. Monteith had admitted that he’d struggled with drug use since he was 12-years-old, and he’d first entered rehab when he was 19. Then, on March 31, 2013, he once again visited a treatment facility for substance addiction.

Monteith and Lea Michele originally met when they began working on Glee, where their characters, Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry, were love interests. The pair then began dating in early 2012, and they were believed to be in a relationship up until his death a year and a half later.

Lea Michele was joined in her tribute by a variety of other Glee actors, including Mark Salling, who played Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the show.

Kevin McHale took to Instagram to post a moving image of Monteith, alongside the caption, “Not one day goes by… happy birthday.”

Last week, during an appearance on The HuffPost Show, via E! Online, McHale admitted that Glee never recovered following Monteith’s death.

“When Cory Monteith died, I don’t think the show ever came back from that,” McHale explained. “It wasn’t for a lack of trying… I think after that the vibe onset is different. It was just weird for us being there never mind actually filming. Being one of the writers in that sort of situation I wouldn’t know what I would’ve done because I was like, ‘I don’t even really want to be here’.”

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