Glee's Naya Rivera has released a statement on the passing of her friend and co-star Cory Monteith.
"The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy," the actress said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated."
Rivera, along with stars Lea Michele (Monteith's girlfriend), Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz and others, was one of the original Glee stars. She was promoted to series regular in season two.