I have loved the TV show Glee ever since I happened to see the cast's performance of Bill Withers' Lean On Me in the 10th episode of the first season. I found out that the actor playing Finn Hudson was a Canadian guy called Cory Monteith, and that he had gone through some pretty rough times before being cast on Glee. Knowing all this, it was wonderful to see him make tremendous progress as an actor and a singer while the show went on. He created Finn Hudson, one of the most inspiring and truthful characters I have ever seen on TV. I admired him for having fought off a long-lasting drug addiction at the age of 19. The old habit sadly returned to him last spring, but once again he went through rehab successfully.
Yesterday, he was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver. He was only 31 years old. I can only imagine what Cory's family and his girlfriend Lea Michele are going through right now, waiting for the autopsy to be done – I hope the media give respect to all of them and let them mourn in peace.
Although nothing can compare to the devastation of the people who were truly close to Cory, for me it's hard to imagine Glee without Finn Hudson and his voice. I've collected some of my favourite Cory solos here, as well as some group numbers with other cast members and a couple of duets with Lea Michele.
I'll Stand By You by The Pretenders
One by U2
Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
Faithfully by Journey
Losing My Religion by R.E.M
Pretending by Glee
Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Robert Hazard (Greg Laswell's version)
Ben by Michael Jackson
We Are The Champions by Queen
The Scientist by Coldplay
Now it's starting to really hit me what an unchangeable thing has happened. Just unbelievable. Eternal respect to Cory Monteith. I will always admire the things he achieved.