"Glee's" Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room this weekend in Vancouver, Canada at age 31.
As a longtime fan of both Monteith and the show, this news is heartbreaking. I can't help thinking that it all seems so unfair that someone so talented, hardworking, and genuinely kind would be taken from us so soon.
Cory's Talent Will Be Missed
I'm really going to miss his sweet vocals, his rocking skills on drums, and his wholesome sex appeal.
But most of all, I'm going to miss the way he brought Finn Hudson to life. A character like Finn sometimes runs the risk of becoming bland and milquetoast, but Monteith was a versatile actor who portrayed Finn with depth and complexity.
Finn's character was simultaneously noble, but fallible. He struggled between trying to fit in while still trying to be own man. His character was equally compelling in dark moments (such as his fight with Brody), as well as comedic moments (like the time he auditioned for the Cheerios).
Cory Made a Brave Decision To Seek Help
When Cory was 19, his struggles with substance abuse prompted his family to stage an intervention, and he was sent to rehab for the first time.
Cory certainly struggled with personal demons, but he never made excuses or blamed others for his problems. Instead, he took responsibility, and had the courage to admit that he needed help.
When he voluntarily checked himself into rehab this spring, he appeared to be on the right track.
In his last interview (with E!'s Marc Malkin) at the June 8 Chrysalis Ball, Cory talked about how happy he was to be going back to work on "Glee."
He also talked about Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and low-income individuals find employment. As he explained, "It's not just a handout. It's empowerment. It's taking people who just need a help up. Not a handout. A help up. It's helping people do what they already can do."
It that last interview, Cory seemed so positive and so hopeful. It's such a shame that he wasn't able to continue on his road to recovery.
Finn Was Finally Starting To Find Direction
Looking back, it was chilling to see the way Finn's character struggled so much last season. Given Cory's real life struggles, I had an eerie feeling seeing Finn passed out in his dorm after a frat party.
Finn seemed so lost during season 4, after getting rejected from his acting program, losing Rachel, and getting kicked out of the army. And he made some questionable choices, such as disappearing on Rachel for 3 months, and impulsively kissing Emma (Jayma Mays).
But even in his worst moments, I couldn't help rooting for Finn. Sure he fumbled and made mistakes, but underneath it all, he was a good guy who always tried to do the right thing.
It was so nice to see him starting to find himself at the end of last season, repairing his friendship with Will (Matthew Morrison), and enrolling in the teacher training program. He was finally starting to carry himself like a confident leader again.
It seems like such a waste to lose Finn just when he was finally starting to turn his life around.
No "Finchel" Wedding
Rumor has it that Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist (whose characters have been dubbed as "New Finn" and "New Rachel") are engaged. While I'm happy for these newbies, I can't help but think of the irony.
New Finn and New Rachel are in love, but the original Finn and Rachel (Lea Michele) will never have their fairytale wedding, either on or off the show.
Finn and Rachel were magical together. Rachel gave him the courage to dream big and to want more out of life. And he always saw her as beautiful, even when she was an "ugly duckling" struggling to survive high school.
Cory and Lea were soul mates in real life as well. In a recent interview, Morrison commented, "They have what it takes to last. I will sing at their wedding."
If any couple deserved a happy ending, it was Cory and Lea, both on and off-screen. I'm sure I speak for many when I say that Cory will be sorely missed.
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