Lea Michele is pleading for privacy following the death of 31-year-old Cory Monteith. Michele and Monteith have been dating since 2012, and were co-stars on Glee.
Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13. Although an autopsy has not been performed, it is suspected that drugs were involved.
As reported by UPI, Monteith had a history of substance abuse. In March he voluntarily entered a substance abuse program, with Michele's support. She explained that she would continue to "stand by him," and that she was "grateful and proud" of his decision to seek help.
Following completion of the program, the couple was seen together numerous times, often smiling and holding hands.
Monteith's unexpected and tragic death have had a profound effect on Michele. A statement was released through her publicist:
"We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time,"Lea Michele has declined further comment about Cory Monteith's death.
The couple met while filming the hit Fox series Glee. Their on-screen characters had an "on and off romance" throughout the years, contributing to the show's popularity.
In addition to Glee, Monteith appeared in the films Final Destination 3, The Invisible, Deck the Halls, and Whisper. As reported by Fox.com, his television credits include Kaya, Kyle XY, Smallville, Supernatural, and Hybrid.
A native of Calgary, Canada, Monteith resided in Los Angeles at the time of his death.
Lea Michele made her debut at the age of eight, appearing in Broadway's Les Misérables. She went on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, including Fiddler on the Roof, Ragtime, and Spring Awakening.
Michele's voice was featured in "Dorothy of Oz." At the age of 26, she has already received numerous awards and nominations for her work on stage and television.
Cory Monteith's death was devastating for his family, friends, and fans. Lea Michele, his beloved girlfriend, has pleaded for privacy as she continues to mourn.