And even though they were just costars, his onscreen parents are sincerely missing the young man who played their wonderful son.
Both Romy Rosemont, his mom on the show, and Mike O'Malley, who played his stepdad, addressed the recent tragedy that occurred in Vancouver. And both had nothing but wonderful things to say, which doesn't come as a surprise to many.
Romy took to Twitter and posted:
Cory was a gentle, sweet soul & I am grateful to have had the chance to play his Mom. My heart is w/ his family, his Glee family & sweet Lea
— Romy Rosemont (@RomyRosemont) July 14, 2013
Meanwhile, Mike released a touching statement giving Cory's fans a glimpse at what a wonderful man he really was as he said:
"Cory Monteith was a great guy; Funny, deep, thoughtful, and hardworking. In real life, he was the coolest dude, generous, and a great friend to his pals. As Finn Hudson, he did what so many actors strive to do: authentically portray human behavior in a specific, understated manner, thereby eliciting laughter and creating camaraderie with his audience. If an ability to show others kindness and fostering fellowship are two qualities that all humans should strive for, Cory mastered them long before he died. He deserved a long life. His death has rocked all of us at Glee."
We can't imagine how hard it will be for the cast to continue without Cory, but we're sure the show will handle this loss in the most sensitive, respectful way possible.
You will clearly be greatly missed, Cory.
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