July 14

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‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Dead at 31

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Today Cory Monteith, who played heart throb Finn Hudson on Fox’s “Glee,” was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday. Even though I wasn’t a regular viewer of the TV series, it is still a shock when someone within my generation dies. Monteith had recently completed treatment for substance addiction. On March 31 of this year, he announced via his rep that he had voluntarily checked himself into rehab. Monteith has played Finn, the boy-next-door, since Glee debuted in 2009.

No life is more valuable than another. However, it is sad to see people who make committed efforts to rehabilitation lose their fight. As the Vancouver police spokesperson said, “The death of a young person is a tragedy for their family, friends and community. A sudden death is more shocking and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are mourning the loss of this young man.”

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Cory.