Before starting his concert in New York last night (July 14), Matthew Morrison addressed the death of his Glee co-star Cory Monteith.
According to The New York Times, Morrison began his show by sharing his grief over Monteith’s passing, calling him his “brother.” He then changed his setlist to begin his show with “What I Did For Love,” a song from the musical A Chorus Line that was featured on Glee during its second season.
After finishing the song, Morrison admitted that it was “awkward” to be playing a show considering the circumstances, but noted, “You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that’s what we’ll do. And we’ll do it in Cory’s honor.”
Since the tragic news of Monteith’s death on Saturday (July 13) in Vancouver, Glee stars present and past have come out to honor him.
Lea Michele, Monteith’s girlfriend and co-star, has yet to speak out, but her rep released a statement to People asking that “everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”
Others though have taken to Twitter to share memories of their friend and co-star.
After news of Monteith’s death broke, Mark Salling, who previously played Puck on the show, wrote a tweet that just read “no.” That tweet was later deleted, but Salling did eventually post a tribute to the man he referred to as a “brother.”
going through a million memories and emotions today. ill love you always Brother Cory.
— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) July 14, 2013
Damien McGinty, who earned the role of Rory Flanagan after appearing on The Glee Project, talked about working with Monteith on his first day.
The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I’ve met. Can’t believe it.
— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) July 14, 2013
While Harry Shum, Jr , who played Mike Chang on the show, asked for fans to send their love.
At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn’t seem real to me. I love you Cory.
— Harry Shum Jr (@iharryshum) July 14, 2013
Guest stars on the show also shared memories of their time working with Monteith on the set including Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth and John Stamos.
How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) July 14, 2013
RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 14, 2013
First day on Glee he said to me, I can’t believe I’m working w/Uncle Jesse- I can’t believe i’m writing this tweet. Heartbreaking. RIP Cory.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 14, 2013
No cause of death has been released, but an autopsy is underway with results expected to be announced before the end of the week.