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Just weeks after the shocking loss of Glee star Cory Monteith, several of his friends and co-workers have announced that they will fund an arts scholarship in his honor.
Adam Shankman, who has directed several episodes of Glee and is also a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, announced the news at a gala for the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a dance charity. Glee co-stars Jane Lynch (Sue), Darren Criss (Blaine), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), and Harry Shum Jr (Mike) have all donated money to a scholarship through the Dance Educators of America (DEA).
"Thanks, Cory, we love you," Adam said after announcing the scholarship, which will be in Cory's name.
All four of the Glee actors who contributed to the fund have spoken publicly about their friend's loss. Jane spoke lovingly about Cory during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, while Jenna posted a note about her colleague on her Instagram account.
Cory's dead body was found in his room in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver after he failed to check out of his room on time. An autopsy determined that the actor and musician died from an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol.
Filming has been briefly delayed on the upcoming fifth season of Glee while the producers and writers redo Cory's character's storyline. His character, Finn, will be killed off of the show rather than recast.