Hollywood mourns Cory Monteith’s death; Lea Michele ‘inconsolable’
BY BILL ZWECKER July 14, 2013 11:26PM
The very happy couple: Cory Monteith and Lea Michele attended an awards ceremony in Los Angeles in 2012. The 31-year-old Monteith was found dead Saturday in a Canada hotel room. | AP
Updated: August 16, 2013 6:04AM
Considering the personal popularity of “Glee” star Cory Monteith, it wasn’t surprising the young star’s untimely death in Vancouver Saturday threw his entire TV family and large circle of Hollywood friends into a deep downward spiral of grief.
While the cause of death for the 31-year-old actor won’t be confirmed until the medical examiner’s autopsy and toxicology tests are made public, virtually everyone contacted by this column Sunday was convinced Monteith died of a drug overdose.
Lea Michele, who has dated him since 2011, was said to be “in total, complete shock. She is inconsolable,” added a second source, close to the actress. Michele’s publicist issued a statement Sunday requesting a respect for her “privacy during this devastating time.”
† The young actor is someone I will always remember as being a total delight and an extremely kind and modest guy, from our numerous interviews the past few years. … A number of Monteith’s “Glee” co-stars took to Twitter to express their grief. One of the most poignant came from Dot-Marie Jones who tweeted early Sunday, “I have no words! My heart is broken. Cory was not only a hell of a friend, he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever.”
STAR TRACKS: No word from our Splash contributor, but there’s word Jenny McCarthy and actor Donnie Wahlberg began dating, after clicking on Jenny’s VH1 show. … Snooping into new mom Kim Kardashian ’s medical records (presumably to peddle the info to gossip outlets) got six employees sacked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. … As tipped here Wednesday, Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez did indeed tie the knot Saturday in front of some 60 friends and family members at a Renaissance chateau in the French countryside.