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'Glee' to address addiction in fifth season

  • In this undated image released by Fox, cast members, from left, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele perform during a scene from "Glee." Fox says Cory Monteith’s addiction-related death will be addressed in the “Glee” episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson. Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined Thursday to specify how the character of Finn would exit, saying he couldn’t confirm Finn would be felled by drugs. The 31-year-old Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Canada last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol. (AP Photo/Fox, Adam Rose, File)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Cory Monteith's addiction-related death will be addressed in the "Glee" episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executive said Thursday.

Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to specify how the character would exit, saying he couldn't confirm Finn would be felled by drugs.

Monteith, 31, was found dead in a hotel room in Canada last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Fox intends a "celebration" of a vibrant young man, Reilly told the Television Critics Association. "You see some people struggling with addiction, it's clear: 'He was dark, she was always a partier.' Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force. He wasn't like that."

But Reilly said that while Monteith was open about his past — the actor had spoken publicly of his addiction struggles — he wasn't "as open about it in the present."


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