Cory Monteith -- best known for his starring turn as "Glee's" lovable jock Finn Hudson -- was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday afternoon. The 31-year-old Canadian actor had a history of substance abuse.
As word spread Saturday night, friends and colleagues mourned his sudden and tragic passing.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news,” "Glee" producers and Fox execs said in a statement. “Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
"We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss," Monteith's publicist, Melissa Kates said in a statement.
Several of Monteith's "Glee" co-stars took to Twitter with expressions of shock and grief.
"Glee" star Mark Salling first cast member to respond to Cory Monteith's death - pic.twitter.com/DQoxmPGBww— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) July 14, 2013
I HAVE NO WORDS! MY HEART IS BROKEN CORY WAS NOT ONLY A HELL OF A FRIEND HE WAS ONE AMAZING MEN THAT I WILL HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART FOREVER— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
I AM BLESSED TO HAVE WORKED WITH HIM AND LOVE HIM SO MUCH! MY HEART IS WITH HID FAMILY AND OUR WHOLE GLEE FAMILY! I LOVE YOU ALL!— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
OMG!! My Cory...— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 14, 2013
Oh my God. Cory. Man. I can't. Praying for you man. You were a good soul.— Nolan Gerard Funk (@nolanfunk) July 14, 2013
RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 14, 2013
Cory was always so nice to me. I have so many good memories. pic.twitter.com/XYw4S8gMDH— Lauren Potter (@TheLaurenPotter) July 14, 2013
I will always cherish you in my heart. Thank you for so many wonderful days. I love you CM ... pic.twitter.com/HW5me8dmLo— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) July 14, 2013
The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I've met. Can't believe it.— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) July 14, 2013
This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith - what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) July 14, 2013
I'm gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory's family and friends. Lets respect their space as they grieve.— Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) July 14, 2013
Speechless. And for the worst reason.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 14, 2013
Way too soon. A very nice & good guy. RT @joshgad: RIP Cory Monteith. Gone way too soon.— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) July 14, 2013
Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words cant describe what they must be feeling— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) July 14, 2013
#CoryMonteith no words. Prayers. Thoughts w his family. This is terrible. Can't speak.— Kaley Cuoco (@KaleyCuoco) July 14, 2013
How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) July 14, 2013
Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels... Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 14, 2013