Glee actor Cory Monteith’s addiction-related death will be addressed in the episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executive said in a statement on Thursday.
Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to specify how the character would make his exit, saying he couldn’t confirm Finn would be taken down by drugs. Monteith, 31, passed away in a hotel room in Vancouver last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a deadly mixture of heroin and alcohol.
Fox intends a “celebration” of a the actor, 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 the show’s producers are working out the details for the episode. Public service announcements related to Monteith’s death are planned. Lea Michele, the “Glee” star who played Finn’s girlfriend and was in a relationship with Monteith, has been “a pillar of strength in all this,” Reilly said.
Proceeds from music sales for the tribute will go into a fund in Monteith’s honor. The episode will be the third aired in the new season of Glee, which begins Sept. 26th. The first two episodes will be upbeat celebrations of Beatles songs, Reilly said.
The show was said to be delayed for a week over Monteith’s untimely passing. Leave your thoughts about how you think they are going to end his character’s involvement on the show in the comments section below.