Matthew Morrison dedicated a song to his close friend and co-star Cory Monteith, who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 13.
Morrison was performing at 54 Below in New York City on Sunday, July 14. A source tells Us Weekly that the singer dedicated one of his pieces to the late Monteith.
The source tells Us that Morrison came out before the show and said,
“We lost a great young man too soon. Cory was a beautiful person.”
Then he told the crowd, “You came out to see a show, I came out to do one, so let’s honor Cory with this performance.”
Matthew Morrison, 34, sang What I Did for Love from the Broadway musical A Chorus Line to dedicate to Monteith and struggled to contain his emotions during the performance.
“He was very emotional on stage,” the source tells Us. “It was difficult for him to get up to perform, but he did not want to disappoint anyone.”
The song has special meaning to the Glee cast, as Lea Michele, Monteith’s co-star and girlfriend sang the song during the second season’s premiere in 2010.
Morrison, who plays Mr. Schuster on Glee, is said to be distraught over the loss, he had worked with Monteith since the show started in 2009.
“Matt is beside himself,” the source explains.
Michele, 26, is Monteith’s girlfriend of one year and has not made public comments on the actor’s passing, but had a statement via her rep.
“We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”
Monteith, who was a Canada native, was visiting his mom in the Vancouver area at the time of his death of an apparent drug overdose.
Police announced during a press conference that the actor was pronounced dead at the scene in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. An autopsy will be done on Monday, July 15.
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