Like the rest of his Glee co-stars, NeNe Leakes is devastated about the tragic death of Cory Monteith.
"Cory was one of the nicest guys I've ever met and a great actor!" she tells Life & Style in a statement. "I am grateful our paths crossed! He will be truly missed!"
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The reality star appeared on Glee this past season as Roz Washington, the coach of the Cheerios and synchronized swimming team at McKinley High School. She's rumored to reprise her role next season.
As Life & Style reported, Cory, who played lovable Finn Hudson on the Fox series, passed away from unknown causes (an autopsy is scheduled for today) on July 13. The star's body was found in his room at Vancouver's Pacific Rim hotel.
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The 31-year-old was in town hanging with friends. He and several pals stopped by Vancouver hotspot The Shop, which sells motorcycle gear and apparel as well as coffee and beer, shortly before he died. An employee of The Shop tells Life & Style that the Canadian actor was seemingly in good spirits during his visit.
"Cory came in the Sunday before he died with a couple friends and they got some beers and just hung out for about 30 minutes," the employee said. "He seemed happy and healthy and there were no signals that anything bad was going on with him."
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While Cory touched many lives during his time here on earth, he especially touched the life of co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele. The pair met on set of Glee in 2009 and have been dating for the last year-and-a-half.
A rep for the brunette beauty told Life & Style, "We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time."