“Hey you. 10 years,” Michele started her note. “It feels like only yesterday that you were here and yet a million years ago all at the same time. I hold all of our memories in my heart where they will stay safe and never forgotten.”
Continued the performer, “We miss you every day and will never forget the light you to brought to us all. I miss you big guy. I hope you found Taylor up there and are playing the drums together.”
Michele in the latter line was referencing Taylor Hawkins, the famed drummer known for his work with the Grammy-winning rock band Foo Fighters, who died unexpectedly while on tour in Bogotá, Colombia on March 25, 2022. Hawkins was 50, and while no official cause of death has yet been disclosed, Colombian officials pointed to the involvement of drugs that were found in his system.
Monteith died in a Vancouver, BC hotel room, from an overdose involving both heroin and alcohol, back in 2013, shocking the Hollywood community and legions of fans who knew him for his role as the heartthrob Ohio quarterback turned glee club standout Finn in the first four seasons of Fox’s Emmy-winning series Glee.
The actor was a love interest for Michele both on screen and off, in Glee wooing her diva singer Rachel Berry before going on to make her his fiancée. “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support,” Michele wrote fans on Twitter in the days following Monteith’s death. “Cory will forever be in my heart.”
Monteith won both a SAG Ensemble Award and a Teen Choice Award for his role on Glee. He also appeared over the course of his career on series ranging from Kyle XY to Smallville and Supernatural, and in such films as David S. Goyer’s drama The Invisible with Justin Chatwin and the New Line horror pic Final Destination 3.
View Michele’s tribute to Monteith, whom she’s previously honored with the songs “If You Say So” and “Hey You,” below.
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