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Cory Monteith: An Inspiration Who Will Truly Be Missed

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By Harpreet Brar On July 13, 2013, Cory Monteith, beloved Canadian actor who starred in the television show, Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room. 31 is just an age that is too young to leave the world. While the cause of death is still unknown, Monteith's death is nonetheless shocking and very sudden which has left his heartbroken family, friends, and fans a feeling of emptiness. There's a certain unsettling feeling that seems to linger throughout the people who have known Monteith for a lifetime, all the way to people who have never even met him. Maybe this is because Monteith is making international headlines and what everyone seems to be gathering from these are that he was nothing but an inspiration, and the love and perseverance in him seemed to shine through. Monteith struggled from age 13 with substance abuse and had entered into rehabilitation at age 19. The actor entered and completed a period at a rehabilitation center once again just a short three months ago in April 2013 and appeared to be on the right track to become a healthier person. At the time, his longtime girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele, said to People, "I love and support Cory and will stand by him. I am grateful and proud he made this decision." And of course, Michele stuck to her word by staying by his side throughout his recovery -- proving to be his biggest supporter. “No one knows me better than Cory,” Michele told Marie Clare in an interview in January 2013. “No one knows what it’s been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything.” The strong bond between the inseparable pair was about to be made even stronger when reports came out that the two were planning to move in together in Michele's LA home after Monteith returned from Vancouver. Our heart goes out to Cory's loved ones. He was an inspiration that will truly be missed. Monteith's death shook Hollywood as they reacted via Twitter: • Ellen DeGeneres: "My heart breaks for the friends and family of Cory Monteith. What a loss." • Nina Dobrev: "I'm gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory's family and friends. Let's respect their space as they grieve." • Kim Kardashian: "Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words can't describe what they must be feeling." • Lance Bass: "Devastated about the news of Cory Monteith - such an incredible guy - my thoughts are with his family and friends." • Katy Perry: "Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you." • John Stamos: "We talked about how lucky he felt to be alive-and sober. We talked about playing drums. Glad i knew you Cory." • Demi Lovato: "#RIPCoryMonteith... So unbelievably tragic. Please #prayforLea." • Neil Patrick Harris: "How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed." • Julianne Hough: "One of the kindest people I've ever met! My heart breaks for Cory's family and loved ones... You will be missed and forever loved Cory!" • Dot-Marie Jones: "I have no words! My heart is broken." • Josh Sussman: "I am so saddened to hear about Cory. He was such a great guy/Super-kind &warm." • Harry Shum Jr: "At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn't seem real to me. I love you Cory." • Zooey Deschanel: "What an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man." • Rihanna: "Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels... Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!" • Selena Gomez: This hurts. I love you Cory. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 1373892473_selena-gomez-cory-monteith-lg   Cory-Monteith-Lea-Michele-9 DoSomething.org And VH1's 2012 Do Something Awards - Red Carpet cory_monteith_glee_red_carpet_18u6ehj-18u6ei6 cory-monteith-found-deadcory-monteith-lea-michele-1

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