The Word: Matthew Morrison dedicates song to ‘brother’ Cory Monteith

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actor Matthew Morrison attends the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage) 23116_025_0965.JPG
Matthew Morrison plays a teacher on “Glee.” Credit: Stefanie Keenan/WireImage

Matthew Morrison began the Sunday performance of his cabaret show at 54 Below by acknowledging the terrible elephant in the room.

Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester on “Glee,” told the audience that he felt awkward performing so soon after the death of his “brother” Cory Monteith, according to the New York Times. But, he told his audience, “You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that’s what we’ll do. And we’ll do it in Cory’s honor.”

He also changed his opening number to an a capella version of “What I Did for Love,” dedicated to Monteith.

Canadian actor Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old heartthrob of Fox’s musical-comedy television series “Glee,” was found dead on Saturday in his Vancouver hotel room, police said.

Police and paramedics found no signs of foul play and the cause of death was not immediately apparent, British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe told reporters at a news conference.

Monteith had talked about his problems with substance abuse.

In response to a question about whether Monteith died of a drug overdose, Vancouver Police Department acting chief Doug LePard said he would “not discuss anything that we might have found in the room at this time.”



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