Glee has been left scrambling to figure out how to deal with the death of Cory Monteith, one of the main characters on the hit Fox show and now the premiere will be delayed to the later date, September 26 originally to premiere on September 19. Additionally production will begin in late August to accommodate the show without Monteith. “In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August,” the statement said, adding that the premiere has been moved to Sept. 26 from its original Sept. 19 date.
Monteith was found dead on July 13 in his hotel room in Vancouver from an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol. A source tells Us Magazine that Monteith was not the typical drug addict and many did not even know of his addiction. “He was not a typical addict where it made him evil. He was the nicest, sweetest guy.He really struggled. Essentially, he was a street kid. But he looked so angelic and he was playing this clean-cut guy. This was a guy who spent more time in back alleys in Vancouver doing what street kids do than walking red carpets. That was his life. He was still coming to terms with that.”
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