Glee's Lea Michele, via Twitter, thanked her 3.5 million fans for their support, two weeks after her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose.
Monteith, Michele's boyfriend of more than a year, died at age 31 on July 13th. In an autopsy report, it revealed that the actor died of mixed drug toxicity that involved heroin and alcohol.
Michele wrote on Twitter Monday morning, “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.” A photo of them together during happier times was also posted along with message.
Prior to Michele's Twitter post on Monday, her rep stated that the Glee actress was grieving with families and friends of both Monteith and Michele's sides. “Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory's passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family,” Michele's rep said.
20th Century Fox TV producers have postponed the fifth season of Glee's September 26 premiere. Glee creator Ryan Murphy and producers are perfectly planning to pay tribute to Monteith in the third episode of the show. Murphy said, “The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass. When we do the tribute episode to that character, we'll have to do it in a way where the cast members will not have to recreate feelings of grief that they’ve had (on Monteith's death) but do it in an upbeat way. If we can do this responsibly and help young people through these feelings, that’s the best that we can hope for.”
Apparently, Murphy's team did not intend to tackle the tribute episode until after Monteith's memorial service last week, when much of the cast and crew were still making sense of their grief.
Once production resumes, grief counselors will be present on Glee set for weeks to come.