Lea Michele has issued an emotional statement following the death of her long-term boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith, thanking fans for their “love and support”.
The 26-year-old Glee actress, who plays Rachel in the hit series, said that she’s “grieving” following the latest news from Cory’s autopsy that the 31-year-old actor’s tragic accidental death was caused by a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol.
“Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans”, she told People magazine. “Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them.
“They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.”
Cory’s body was found in a Vancouver hotel room on Sunday morning, just weeks after the actor had left rehab after being treated for substance addiction. Lea and Cory first met on the set of Glee back in 2009, and were reportedly planning on moving in together after having dated for nearly two years.
Our thoughts are with Cory and Lea’s friends and family at this awful and sad time.
By Robyn Munson
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