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Naya Rivera Talks Cory Monteith’s Passing

Posted Monday July 15, 2013 4:38 PM GMT

She spent many seasons working alongside Cory Monteith on their hit show “Glee,” and Naya Rivera can’t believe that her friend and costar has died.

The 26-year-old actress released a statement today (July 15) to let fans, friends, and family know how much she misses the late star.

Rivera explained, "The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend.”

“He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated."

Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday (July 13). An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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