There's no question this must be excruciatingly difficult on the entire family.
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We can't believe it's been one year.
On July 13, 2013 Cory Monteith tragically passed away, but the joy and pleasure he gave to his family, fans, and loved ones have not been forgotten.
Recently, Cory's father Joe, who was estranged from his son at the time of his death, took part in an interview where he remembered his late son.
"I still miss him very much. I still have the empty feeling inside. Cory was a likeable young man and if he was in the room, you'd be smiling. He enjoyed life. That's why I was so shocked about the outcome of everything."
Joe also talked about how he wasn't in touch with Cory at the time of his death. Something that probably was one of the reasons why he wasn't invited to Cory's funeral. He said:
"I never talked to him while he was in rehab. And then all of a sudden four weeks later he was out of rehab … I thought that was kind of soon…I didn't get to go to his viewing. Which would have meant a lot. I guess they sprayed his ashes in a cove that he really enjoyed going to."
Although their relationship may have been strained at the time of Cory's death, the Glee star was still Joe's son, and for a parent to lose a child is considered one of the worst heartbreaks in this world.
Joe also mentioned Lea Michele when he said:
"She's a beautiful young woman, she's just getting to the top of her career and I don't expect her to go out and do it alone. She should enjoy life. She had a good time when she was with Cory, from what I understand, but life's gotta go on."
On Sunday, Lea took to Twitter to pay her respects for the man she worked with and was in love with. She wasn't the only one to do so, though.
See all of Cory's friends and co-workers express their love for the gone-too-soon handsome young man:
We hold you in our hearts today, and every day we remember your smile. We will love you and miss you always. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/deA4PQUZNz
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 13, 2014
I personally believe Cory was reborn into some other beautiful form a year ago today. I celebrate him and his life… Wherever that may be.
— Matthew Morrison (@Matt_Morrison) July 13, 2014
Miss you pic.twitter.com/e89rS8lENB
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 13, 2014
It's been 1 whole year & it's still so surreal, but today is just a reminder of how damn great you were and how much you mean to us all. ❤️
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) July 13, 2014
I often think of the good memories I shared with Cory and it makes me smile. He was a one of a kind gentleman and will forever be missed.
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 13, 2014
Thinking about my pal Cory today. #rip
— Kevin Zegers (@KevinZegers) July 13, 2014
I met Cory Monteith the day he auditioned for Kyke XY for a part in the first script I ever wrote as a legit tv writer. He was exactly…
— julieplec (@julieplec) July 13, 2014
…who I had envisioned in the role. He got the part. During the next season he shared his story with me and I was so impressed with him.
— julieplec (@julieplec) July 13, 2014
Here's what Dot-Marie Jones tweeted out:
"AWW TODAY IS A TOUGH DAY! BUT I HOLD IN MY HEART SO MANY BEAUTIFUL & FUN MEMORIES! MISS & LOVE THIS MAN/BOY LOVE U A YEAR..I WILL ALWAYS HOLD DEAR THE AMAZING TIME I HAD WITH CORY! AS WE MOVE ON IN LIFE I KNOW HE IS MOVING ON IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE!”
Remembering Cory and so many good times that we shared today. He was one of the good guys. Loving, considerate, talented, funny. Miss him.
— Alex Anders (@alxanders) July 13, 2014
Although we're still not over the shock of Cory's death - we know that wherever he is, he would want people to keep on living while always keeping him in their hearts. Which we, and many others, plan on doing. RIP Cory Monteith.
Check out the interview with Cory's father (below).
[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN.]