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Tribute to Cory Monteith from 'Glee' star Amber Riley

Songstress Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes Jones on the hit U.S. series 'Glee', has posted a tribute to her co-star and dear friend Cory Monteith on Twitter.

31-year-old Monteith (pictured left with Riley), known for his role as Finn Hudson on the show, was found dead in a Canadian hotel over the weekend and it was confirmed that his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Riley is the latest cast member to speak out about the shocking tragedy and tweeted: "Yesterday I got to sit with my Glee family and remember a man I considered a brother and friend. With a very heavy heart, RIP Cory Monteith 💜 Continued prayer for his family and Lea. Sendings hugs to all you gleeks."

Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) also opened up about the news during an interview with 'The Tonight Show' and described Monteith as having "one of the biggest hearts": "I don't think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family and we've lost a really great guy."





Watch the BC Coroners Service announce the cause of Monteith's untimely death below:


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