“Glee” producers were “deeply saddened” in a statement released by Fox while reps for Monteith’s co-star and real life girlfriend Lea Michele asked for privacy “during this devastating time.”
Friends and colleagues of Monteith took to Twitter to express their heartfelt condolences.
I will always cherish you in my heart. Thank you for so many wonderful days. I love you CM … pic.twitter.com/HW5me8dmLo
Ellen DeGeneres: “My heart breaks for the friends and family of Cory Monteith. What a loss.”
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.”
This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith – what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.
“Glee” co-star Mark Salling: “No”
RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 14, 2013
Chloe Moretz: “I just heard about Cory Monteith.. Rest in peace, everyone close to him and affected by this loss you’re in my prayers.”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: “I am so sad to hear about Cory Monteith. He was a lovely person with a ton of talent. My heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP Cory.”
Way too soon. A very nice & good guy. RT @joshgad: RIP Cory Monteith. Gone way too soon.
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!”
Sophia Bush: “I saw him a few weeks ago in NY, looking so happy. heartbreaking…”
Katy Perry: “Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you.”
We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person.
— GLEE (@OfficialGLEEtv) July 14, 2013
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.”
So heartbreaking to hear about Cory Monteith…my deepest condolences to his friends and family.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) July 14, 2013
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.”