The tribute episode of Glee will “deal directly” with the real-life realities of Cory Monteith’s death.
Fox’s chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly has revealed: “That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular.”
Fox are planning a tribute episode to Monteith which will write out his on-screen character Finn Hudson, to help fans, as well as the cast and crew, say goodbye to the 31-year-old. The episode will be part of the show’s fifth series, and will air before the show takes a long break.
The show have also announced that proceeds from the episode’s music sales will go to a scholarship fund for children, which has been established in the name of the late actor.
Monteith, who had been in Glee since the show’s first epsiodes in 2009, was found dead in a Canadian hotel room earlier this month. An autopsy revealed that he died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
The actor had openly struggled with addiction during his life, most recently checking into rehab in April of this year.
Monteith’s fellow Glee star and long-term girlfriend Lea Michele recently broke her Twitter silence following the star’s death, saying “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enourmous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.”
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