'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy and star Lea Michele hold Cory Monteith memorial for cast and crew

  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 4:54 PM
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FILE - This Aug. 19, 2012 file photo shows actor Cory Monteith at the 2012 Do Something awards in Santa Monica, Calif.

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LOS ANGELES — The cast and crew of "Glee" is saying goodbye to star Cory Monteith (mahn-TEETH'), who died earlier this month.

Twentieth Century Fox Television says "Glee" co-star and Monteith's real-life girlfriend Lea Michele (LEE'-uh mih-SHEHL') and show creator Ryan Murphy gathered the show's cast and crew for a memorial on Thursday. They shared memories and music in "an emotional celebration" of Monteith's life.

The 31-year-old actor was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 13. An autopsy revealed he died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.

Murphy said recently that the show plans a tribute episode honoring Monteith that will address the death of his character, Finn.

"Glee" is set to begin its fifth season on Sept. 26, a week later than originally planned.

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