Everyone handles grief differently. There are those who are outspoken and tend to vent loudly when death strikes. That wasn’t the case for Lea Michele.
When Cory Monteith, her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half, passed away on July 13 the request was simple: “Please respect the need for privacy in this devastating time.” Slowly, the ‘Glee’ community held its breath and waited for results of the autopsy. Then, we waited again to see what the cast and crew would say. What would they do with the upcoming season? Eventually, the responses started flowing. All of them were complimentary as we knew they would be. Jane Lynch choked up on her Leno interview, here, when describing Cory as a “real bright light." Naya Rivera paid tribute to him as a “member of her family." And finally Chris Colfer, via Instagram, stated “Miss all faces after the awkward interview questions.”
But it was Lea who decided when everyone would go back to work. It was Lea who helped the Monteith family with funeral arrangements, and it was Lea’s response inparticular we all waited with baited breath to hear. Today via Twitter, in a manner befitting someone with class she said simply, “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.”
'Glee' will be handling Monteith's passing with a storyline about the unexpected and untimely loss of his character, Finn.