The friend confided to People Magazine:
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And while many have spoken out in regard to his passing, creator Ryan Murphy has widely opened up about the struggles that have been going on.
After the young actor checked into rehab thanks to an intervention with Ryan, Lea and others, things appeared to be getting better. But it seems the struggle was much harder than anyone imagined.
"His last words to me were, 'I want to get better,' and I always felt and continue to feel even in his death that he did, that he really wanted to fight it and he was humiliated and shamed. We reassured him that the only thing that mattered was him getting better and his job was 100 percent protected because he thought he was going to get fired."
We're so sad and are sure many others are as well that Cory couldn't win this battle.
Considering he did handle it with such determination and maturity, it's a tragedy he passed the way he did.
Our thoughts are with Cory's family and friends as they cope with this great loss.
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