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Cory Monteith’s ‘Glee’ Character Will Not Die of a Drug Overdose

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Cory Monteith‘s “Glee” character, Finn Hudson, will not die of a drug overdose on the show. Creator of the show, Ryan Murphy, recently said the cause of the character’s death will not be of any importance in the upcoming episode.

Monteith’s character will be killed off during the third episode of the upcoming fifth season of “Glee.” Murphy said the episode will be a tribute to the late actor and will be more of a celebration of his life, rather than dedicated to mourning his death.

“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose. That was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that,” Murphy told Deadline. “Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life’. That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”

Murphy also revealed that the cast and crew worked on said memorial episode this past week, with heavy hearts.

“We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We’re just now finishing it, and at the end of the week we’ll send it to [the studio] to get their approvals. But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve,” he said, adding that the cast and crew will take a break once the episode is complete. “We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”

“Glee” returns to Fox on September 26.

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