Jenna Ushkowitz is opening up about the death of her friend and Glee costar Cory Monteith. The actress posted this cast photo on Instagram and wrote:
“I am so grateful that Glee brought this group of extraordinary individuals together to form a family,” she said. “I was lucky enough to closely experience the love and light that Cory shared with the world, as well as having the privilege of traveling down the road together on a once in a lifetime journey. Cory always reminded me to be gracious, kind and open, and he will leave a mark in my heart forever.”
She continued, “Thank you everyone for your constant support and love while we mourn the loss of our dear friend, and continued support to Cory’s family, and to Lea.”
Cory died on July 13 from what was determined to be an overdose of heroin and alcohol. He was 31 years old.
FOX announced last week that they have delayed production on Glee, as well as moving back its fifth season premiere date.
In a statement the network said, “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.”