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Glee episode will address Monteith's sudden death

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Cory Monteith's addiction-related death will be addressed in a Glee episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executive says.

Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to specify how the character would exit, saying he couldn't confirm Finn would be felled by drugs.

Monteith, 31, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Fox intends a "celebration" of a vibrant young man, Reilly told the Television Critics Association. "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."

But Reilly said that while Monteith was open about his past -- the actor had spoken publicly of his addiction struggles -- he wasn't "as open about it in the present."

Reilly said producers are working out the details for the episode.

Proceeds from music sales for the tribute will be donated to a fund being established in Monteith's honour.

The episode will be the third aired in the new season of Glee, which begins Sept. 26. The first two episodes will be upbeat celebrations of Beatles songs, Reilly said.

Glee, about a high school's glee club and its graduates, will be in its fifth season. Its return was delayed a week by Monteith's death.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 6, 2013 C3

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