Glee producers have unveiled a promo for next week's emotional episode honouring Finn Hudson, played by the late Canadian actor Cory Monteith.
Monteith, 31, was found dead from a drug overdose in Vancouver in July. This week, the final report from the Coroners Service of British Columbia noted that the young actor suffered an accidental death from mixed drug toxicity, the result of mixing heroin and alcohol.
That Monteith had attended rehab, stopped using drugs for some time and then started up again, may have contributed to his death, which was ruled an accident.
His death was the impetus for the upcoming episode of Glee, the Fox network comedy-drama that revolves around a high school glee club and in which the Calgary-born, Victoria-raised actor played a central role.
Monteith's character was edited out of this season's first two episodes and the tribute, entitled The Quarterback, airs Oct. 10 — just ahead of the show's planned hiatus for Fox's coverage of Major League Baseball's World Series playoffs.
"I've never seen a crew that you can't continue shooting because they've left the room sobbing. It was very hard," Glee creator Ryan Murphy told industry publication The Hollywood Reporter.
"I struggled even working on it because what you're seeing is what they felt not just about Finn but Cory. It's amazing performances across the board and everybody went into it with a lot of love," he said.
"People still are not over it and it's still very difficult."
Co-star Jane Lynch also offered a solemn tribute to Monteith, as part of several standalone remembrances, during this year's Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.
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