It’s been more than three years since the world was stunned by the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith, who passed away due to a drug overdose.
Although time has passed and hearts are mending, many are still hurting from the death of Cory, who died at 31. One of those who will never forget is Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
Murphy, 50, remembered the last time he saw Monteith alive in the summer on 2013 and the last words the star who played Finn Hudson said to him in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“We hugged, and the last thing he said was ‘I love you, man, and thank you for helping me get better.’ And then the next thing I knew he was dead. It was like losing a child.”
Monteith was referring to the help Murphy offered in getting him into rehab shortly before his death. Sadly, soon after he was released, the young star overdosed.
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Murphy noted that everything changed with the show after the loss of the popular Glee star.
“What started off as being such a great celebration of love and acceptance ultimately became about darkness and death. It was a great lesson in what not to do moving forward. And many of them are my good friends to this day.”
Despite the great loss and the sadness that surrounded the series in the seasons following Cory’s death and the never-ending drama that played out between the actors on the set, Murphy still remembers the experience with fondness.
“It was the best time in my life and the worst time in my life. There was a lot of infighting. There was a lot of people sleeping together and breaking up. It was good training for being a parent, I’ll tell you that much.”
Ryan noted that he made one serious mistake as the creator of the series — getting too close to his stars.
“We loved it so much that we would all go out to dinner and we’d hang out and we were always together, so there was no delineation between who was the boss and who was the employee. And we were all so close that finally when something would happen, it would be so personal to me that I would literally hit the roof.”
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In the wake of Monteith’s death, Ryan turned his attention to supporting Cory’s girlfriend, Lea Michele, who was heartbroken over his death.
Recently, Michele shared how Murphy’s love and support helped see her through the darkest days. The 30-year-old Scream Queen actress told Entertainment Weekly that when she was told that Monteith had died, one of the first people she turned to was her former boss, reports Just Jared Jr.
“When Cory was alive, Ryan was very helpful in trying to get him well and healthy but, when that day did come, Ryan did take charge, and he helped me more than I can ever explain.”
Lea added that there was not a day that Ryan wouldn’t reach out to see how she was doing.
“He completely cared for me. He made sure I was okay every single day, whether it was coming over to his house and having dinner prepared for me, or making sure I was okay at work. He sat me down and said, ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to continue the show? Do you want it to end?’ I just said, ‘I just want to go back to work.’ His heart is bigger than I think he knows what to do with sometimes.”
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