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Actor Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson on the popular musical television series Glee from 2009 to 2013.
The cast and crew of "Glee" discuss the developing and casting of what would become the biggest hit on television.
What would you do if you were trying out for a brand new network show about a high school glee club? You might be surprised to find out what the stars of "Glee" did for their auditions and how they found their way to the small screen.
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Finn eventually became involved with fellow glee club member Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele. The pair ultimately became a couple off-screen, as well.
In addition to the show, the cast of Glee had several hits with songs featured on the program and enjoyed another wave of success with a concert tour. Monteith became an internationally known performer through his work on Glee. He had little time for other projects. He did, however,
manage to star in the 2011 romantic comedy Monte Carlo with Leighton Meester and Selena Gomez, but the film received a tepid reception.
In March 2013, Monteith went back to rehab for an unknown substance abuse issue. His girlfriend, actress Lea Michele, told People magazine that "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this." The producers of Glee made adjustments to his schedule so that he could seek treatment. Monteith's character had returned to his old high school to serve as one of the glee club coaches for the show's fourth season.
Monteith left the program the following month. By all reports, he seemed to be in good spirits. Monteith tweeted late that April: "sending out big love to everyone. Thank you for the continued support! It means the world to me!" On July 6, he checked into a hotel in Vancouver, Canada. Monteith went out with friends the night of July 12. According to news reports, he came back to his hotel alone. Monteith failed to check out of the hotel the following morning, which alarmed hotel staff. A check of his room at noon revealed that the star had died. Monteith was only 31 years old.
The British Columbia Coroners Service reported that an autopsy and toxicology analysis revealed Monteith's death was caused by an overdose of heroin and alcohol. Once the news of Monteith's passing broke, there was an outpouring of grief and condolences to his friends and family. The producers of Glee released a statement, saying that "Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person."
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