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The Cast of Glee Reacts to Cory Monteith’s Death

GLEE: Rachel (Lea Michele, L) says goodbye to Finn (Cory Monteith, third from L) and the rest of the glee club as she heads to New York in the "Goodbye" season finale episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, May 22 (9:00- 10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured L-R: Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays, Chord Overstreet, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Samuel Larsen, Damian McGuinty, Harry Shum Jr., Darren Criss, Mark Salling and Chris Colfer.  ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

Cory Monteith — also known as the jock turned performer and clumsy dancer with a big voice Finn Hudson on Fox's Glee — unexpectedly passed away Saturday night at the age of 31. A flood of tributes are certainly to come, but for now we only have the initial tweets and comments from Monteith's fellow cast members and co-stars. Here are a few words from his colleagues accompanied by samples of the fine work they did together.

Harry Shum Jr., who plays fellow Glee Club member Mike Chang:

Mark Salling, who plays Finn Hudson's BFF Noah Puckerman:

Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Mr. Schue, head of the Glee Club:

Calling Mr. Monteith a brother, he expressed his sadness and condolences. And, changing his opening number, he sang a capella, “What I did for Love,” from the musical, “A Chorus Line.” The song was also featured in “Glee” during the second season. At the top of the number, Mr. Morrison also gave a two-fingered salute. As he finished, he acknowledged that it was “awkward” to continue the performance given Mr. Monteith’s death, but said, “You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that’s what we’ll do. And we’ll do it in Cory’s honor." (via New York Times)

Naya Rivera, who plays classmate Santana Lopez:

"The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated." -Naya Rivera to The Hollywood Reporter

Dot-Marie Jones, who plays football coach Shannon Beiste:

Guest stars Idina Menzel (as Rachel Berry's birth mom, Shelby Corcoran), John Stamos (as Emma's dentist and ex-husband, Carl Howell), Kristin Chenoweth (as successful William McKinley High School alum April Rhodes), Ricky Martin (as Spanish teacher David Martinez), Gwyneth Paltrow (as substitute teacher Holly Holliday), and Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban (as themselves):

"Cory was a sweet and talented man. My heart breaks for Lea and the entire Glee family." -Gwyneth Paltrow to Entertainment Weekly