No Drug Death for Monteith’s ‘Glee’ Character, Producer Says

by | August 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM | Glee, TV News

Producer Ryan Murphy (inset) is speaking out about the tribute "Glee" is planning to remember Cory Monteith (Photos: Getty Images)

Cory Monteith’s character on “Glee” won’t die of a drug overdose like Monteith, producer Ryan Murphy disclosed in a new interview.

Monteith, 31, died July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room, apparently of a drug overdose.

Murphy, the executive producer of “Glee,” told Deadline.com that he and his writers and producers considered having Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson, die the same way in the third episode of the upcoming new season, but decided against it.

“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered,” Murphy said.

Indeed, Monteith’s death was attributed by authorities in Vancouver as accidental. “But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that,” the producer said.

He then revealed that the character’s cause of death may never be fully explained on “Glee.” “Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died — the idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way,” Murphy said.

As previously reported, the show’s special episode paying tribute to Monteith and his Finn Hudson character will be the third episode of the upcoming season. Since the season is set to begin on Thursday, Sept. 26, the Monteith episode will likely be seen on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The first two episodes of the season will be a previously planned two-parter featuring Beatles music.