'Glee' Tribute To Cory Monteith Is Silent On Specifics Of Character's Death

Oct 11, 2013

There was a scarcely a dry eye when the hit show “Glee” paid tribute last night to one of its stars, Cory Monteith, who portrayed football player-turned-singer Finn Hudson.

Monteith died of a drug overdose in July. He was 31.

There had been a lot of speculation about how the show would explain his character’s death, but the program made no mention of how Finn died.

On Twitter, many fans wrote that the show missed an opportunity to talk dangers of drug use, although there was a PSA at the end of the show about addiction.

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Transcript

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI, HOST:

And before we go today, we just have to mention that Gleeks got the tribute they wanted, if not the answer some had hoped for, in last night's farewell show to "Glee" star Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July at the age of 31.

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

Would his character Finn die the same way? Here's how the show dealt with it.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GLEE")

CHRIS COLFER: (as Kurt Hummel) Everyone wants to talk about how he died too. But who cares? One moment in his whole life, I care more about how he lived.

CHAKRABARTI: Well, a lot of fans on Twitter did care. They thought the show had missed an opportunity to talk about drug abuse.

YOUNG: But the message seemed clear at the end when Cory Monteith's on- and off-screen love Lea Michele made her appearance. He left a lot of broken hearts behind.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE")

LEA MICHELE: (Singing) When the rain is blowing in your face, and the whole world is on your case, I could offer you a warm embrace to make you feel my love.

YOUNG: From NPR and WBUR Boston, I'm Robin Young.

CHAKRABARTI: I'm Meghna Chakrabarti. This is HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.