The world lost a beautiful person, soul and spirit yesterday. Cory Monteith, 31, who played Finn Hudson on “Glee” inspired a whole youthful generation. He wasn’t just part of an ensemble. Many fans had their favorite characters, and Monteith’s was certainly one of them.
One of the things that saddens me most is that viewers who loved the show and wanted to meet him can’t now. There are so many people out there who think meeting “celebrities” is nothing more than a score card of bragging rights. Of course there are those who hold these encounters in high regard. Something I heard from the Gleeks community was the cast loved meeting their supporters. I don’t doubt that about Monteith. He seemed so genuine and kind, and it truly breaks my heart that a generation of young kids who looked up to him cannot meet him.
It’s no secret that Monteith had a troubled past, but he took action to improve. Not many can brave that task. This tragic loss isn’t about telling just your idols how much you care about them. It’s about telling those you love how much they mean to you.
My heart sends its love to his family (both to the Monteiths and the Glee family), loved ones, and the community of Gleeks. The show had a lot of positive examples of overcoming obstacles, and it’s a wonderful thing that Cory Monteith was a part of that optimism.