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Lea Michele Speaks Out About Cory Monteith's Death For The First Time

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Lea Michele has remained silent since the July 13 death of her boyfriend and Glee co-star, Cory Monteith. Today she tweeted a photo of the two in happier days and thanked those who have been helping her through this tough time.

She added, "Cory will forever be in my heart."

The fifth season premiere of the Fox series has been pushed back because of his death and the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, has said that there will be a special episode dedicated to him. After that, Murphy said, the show will go on hiatus while they figure out the storylines for the rest of the season.

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Murphy told People, "The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass. When we do the tribute episode to that character, we'll have to do it in a way where the castmembers will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they've had this week—but do it in an upbeat way."

Murphy also says he spoke with Michele about her wishes. He told her he would understand if she didn't want to return to Glee, but she wouldn't hear of it.

The cast and crew held a private memorial for Monteith on July 25.

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