Glee will play tribute to the late Cory Monteith in a special episode
The show will address issues around addiction, executives say
The 31-year-old actor, who played heartthrob Finn Hudson in the hit US series, was found dead in a hotel room in Canada last month (July 13). A coroner ruled that his death was caused by "a mixed-drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol".
According to Billboard, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly did not specify how the character would exit, but said the show would be a "celebration" of a vibrant young man. "You see some people struggling with addiction, it's clear: 'He was dark, she was always a partier'. Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force. He wasn't like that," he said.
The episode will be the third of the new, fifth series of Glee, which begins in the US on September 26. The show's return was delayed a week after Monteith's death. The first two shows in the series will be a celebration of Beatles songs.
Monteith had a history of substance abuse and spent just under a month in a rehab facility earlier this year after voluntarily checking himself in on March 31. Monteith's Glee co-stars and numerous musicians were among those paying tribute to him. Read a selection of comments here.