Cory Monteith: Addiction part of 'Glee' tribute
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Cory Monteith’s addiction-related death will be addressed in the "Glee" episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, according to a Fox executive.
Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to specify how the character would exit.
Monteith, 31, was found dead in a hotel room in Canada last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol.
Fox intends a "celebration" of a vibrant young man, 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.
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. 26.
"Glee" will take a break of several weeks after the Monteith tribute as Fox airs baseball’s World Series.
"Glee" will be in its fifth season. Its return was delayed by Monteith’s death.
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