Lea Michele Pleads For Privacy Following Cory Monteith’s Tragic Death

The Glee star's rep has issued a statement following the devastating death of her co-star and boyfriend

Lea Michele has issued a statement via her rep following the sudden death of Cory Monteith yesterday.

The Glee star was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Sunday morning following a night out with friends. Lea‘s rep said: ‘We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.’

Tributes to the 31-year-old have flooded in on Twitter with ‘RIPCoryMonteith’ trending worldwide for the last 24 hours on the social networking site. Celebrities, fans, co-stars, directors and producers have all praised the actor and offered their support to his on-and-off-screen girlfriend, pleading with fans to pray for Lea.

Talking to Marie Claire US in January, Lea said: ‘No one knows me better than Cory. No one knows what it’s been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything.’

She added: ‘For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.’
Cory had admitted himself to a rehab facility in March for substance abuse and was released in April.

The showbiz pair made their last public appearance together on the red carpet at the Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in New York on 8 June and were both signed up to film series five of Glee.

An autopsy is being carried out today and it’s thought there will be a further statement released by Vancouver police later this afternoon. We’re sending lots of love to Lea and Cory’s family at this terribly sad time.

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