Glee star Lea Michele pays tribute to Cory Monteith on 10 year anniversary of his death
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Lea Michele paid tribute to her former boyfriend Cory Monteith on the 10th anniversary of his death.
Monteith, who played quarterback Finn, died of an accidental heroin overdose on 13 July, 2013, aged 31.
The third episode of the fifth season, titled 'The Quarterback' was filmed and aired in his memory, which also confirmed the death of Monteith’s character.
Taking to Instagram today (13 July), the Funny Girl Broadway star wrote: "Hey you. 10 years. 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.
"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."
Fans also shared their own heartfelt tributes to Monteith under Michele's post.
One fan wrote: "Crying. Will never forget."
Another follower added: "10 years without our quarterback," alongside a heart emoji.
A third Glee fan said: "He’s watching you from above with the biggest smile on his face, he couldn’t be more proud of the person you become, he will live in the heart of us forever… love you both so much."
Monteith had openly discussed his troubled history of substance abuse, which began when he was a teenager. He started using drugs when he was 13 and entered drug rehabilitation aged 19.
In March 2013, while appearing on Glee, Monteith sought treatment for his addiction once again. He was subsequently written out of the show for the final two episodes of the fourth season.
On 26 April, 2013, it was reported that Monteith had completed his treatment in rehab.
The actor was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, Canada on 13 July after failing to check out that day. His death was ruled accidental.
An outpouring of tributes came in from Monteith's co-stars, fans and celebrities. An extended tribute to Monteith was presented by his Glee co-star Jane Lynch at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held in September 2013.
He was also included in the 'In Memoriam' segment of the 56th Grammy Awards in January 2014.