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Tuesday 16 July 2013 @ 16:54 - GMT


Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon. The actor became famous in 2009 as Finn Hudson, the football player turned glee club captain, on the hit show Glee

Glee producers issued a statement the next day about the 31-year-old's death, which read: "We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones." 

Viewers were shocked to learn the news, many recalling Monteith's stellar performances throughout the four seasons of the Fox show. This included a cover of Elton and Kiki Dee's Don't Go Breaking My Heart.

Cory, who admired Elton's talent, once met the musician at an EJAF Academy Awards party. But their interaction was awkward.

The performer approached as Elton was eating and decided to have a little bit of fun by acting like a waiter.

"I asked him, 'Is there anything I can get you sir? Another beer?' Maybe I was too convincing, as he just said, 'No, thank you,' and never looked up from the chicken."

Cory pressed on: "'Are you sure? Some water, perhaps?'" But after Elton denied him again, co-star Lea Michele stepped in and gave them a proper introduction.


"He just gave me a 'what-the-hell' look, shook my hand and went back to his dinner. It was one of the most embarrassing experiences of my life."

 

An autopsy was conducted yesterday. It is not yet known what caused Monteiths death, but the actor had been open about his past drug use and time spent in rehab.

 

Just days before he died, Cory was busy working on future projects in Vancouver with his agent and the head of Project Limelight Societya nonprofit group performing arts program for children in the city's Eastside Downtown area.

 

Monteith's representatives said that fans can make a donation in his honour to the charity.