News has emerged this afternoon that ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith has been found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada.

It is suspected that the 31 year old actor’s death was caused by a drug overdose.

An official statement has been released by GLEE Executive Producers, 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company on the official Glee Facebook page:

We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. 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.

Other stars have tweeted their condolences after this tragedy:

‘Glee’ star Nolan Gerard Funk: “Oh my God. Cory. Man. I can’t. Praying for you man. You were a good soul. Thanks for always being kind Cory. You came a long way from hanging on the beaches in vancouver with the gang pre Glee. Sending you love bud”

Zooey Deschanel: “This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith – what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.”

Taylor Swift: ”Speechless. And for the worst reason”

Katy Perry: “Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you.”

Rihanna: “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!”

Ruby Rose: “Has been confirmed man… ive lost 3 people this month in la to drugs THIS MONTH both who had sobriety of 5 plus years.”

Kat Dennings: ”I can’t fully process this news. Tragic, tragic loss of a young, promising, talented man. Cory Monteith, rest in peace.”

Johnny Ruffo: “RIP Cory Monteith, what an amazing talent to lose too soon!”

More details and comment from on/offscreen love Lea Michele to come.

Image source: Just Jared

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