A crowd of about 250 people attended a candlelight vigil in downtown Vancouver late Friday to pay their respects to Glee star Cory Monteith, and to prove that they won’t stop believing.
Richard Monteith, centre, cousin of late Canadian actor Cory Monteith, is overcome with emotion during a candlelight vigil outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 19, 2013.
The 31-year-old B.C. actor was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim last weekend, after overdosing on a mix of heroin and alcohol.
Monteith had often spoken publicly about his struggles with substance abuse, having attended rehab at 19 and as recently as this past March.
Even so, the messages and notes left at a memorial on the sidewalk outside the Fairmont on Friday painted a very different image of how Monteith would be remembered.
Cousin Richard Monteith attended the vigil and was overcome with tears as the gathered Gleeks softly sang Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing,’ an anthem Monteith had performed with his co-stars on the pilot episode of Glee.
“It’s heartbreaking and exciting; it’s a bunch of mixed emotions at the same time,” Richard told The Province.
He alluded to fears that the public would only remember his famous cousin’s struggle with substance abuse, and not the countless other creative projects or charitable endeavours attached to his name.
“All my fears are gone. No one gives a care about the last chapter,” Richard said, citing the many uplifting letters and notes fans had written to him in wake of Monteith’s death.
“It’s about his beautiful story and that means a lot to see that.”
The crowd outside the hotel grew quickly on Friday evening, forcing Vancouver police to limit car traffic onto Canada Place as people spilled into the roadway and watched from across the street.
People gather at a memorial during a candlelight vigil for late Canadian actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 19, 2013. Monteith's body was found in a room at the hotel July 13
Candles were also handed out among fans, as others wrote messages to Monteith on a yellow balloon, plastered with a smiley face.
Later, a crowd cheered “Thank you, Cory” before releasing the helium-filled balloon into the evening sky.
While Shawno Ashmore, 51, and his partner Hugh McPherson aren’t dedicated fans of Glee, the pair said they attended the vigil to honour Monteith’s charitable work and advocacy for gay rights.
Ashmore also felt a deeper connection to Monteith — the Vancouver man had moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in his 20s, just as Monteith had.
“I got caught up in the drugs and fast-paced life there,” Ashmore confessed. “When I realized that was happening to me, I just pulled out of all of it ... and just moved back to Canada and lived a normal life.”
A woman holds a candle as she sits at a memorial during a candlelight vigil for late Canadian actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 19, 2013. Monteith's body was found in a room at the hotel July 13.
Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont last Saturday.
He had returned to his room alone just after 2 a.m. but when he missed his checkout time later that day, staff found him dead inside his room.
Autopsy results released Tuesday ruled out foul play, indicating Monteith had overdosed on a mixture of heroin and alcohol.
Investigators say surveillance tapes from the hotel and room access records show Monteith was alone when he died, and that no criminal charges were applicable.
On Friday, the executives behind Glee announced production for the show’s fifth season would be delayed until early August, and its series première pushed back one week to Sept. 26.
At the end of its most recent season, producers revealed the show was renewed for not just one, but two additional seasons.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy hasn’t revealed how the storyline will handle the loss of Monteith and his character.
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Finn also had an on-and-off romance with fellow student and singer Rachel Berry, played by Monteith’s real-life girlfriend and Broadway alumni Lea Michele.
A Fox release that preceded Monteith’s death offered plot highlights of the coming season, including whether Rachel would find success on Broadway, and whether the characters of Blaine and Kurt (Darren Criss, Chris Colfer) would marry.
There was no mention of what was in store for the character of Finn.
A grieving Richard Monteith attends a candlelight vigil for his cousin Cory Monteith at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel,Vancouver, July 19 2013.
Richard Monteith, second left, cousin of late Canadian actor Cory Monteith, is comforted by a woman during a candlelight vigil outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 19, 2013. Monteith's body was found in a room at the hotel July 13
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I went. Press is so annoying. Tumblr fan girls everywhere being obnoxious. But it broke my heart when I saw Corys cousin sob into his hands holding drum sticks OMG D: