Actress receives messages from co-stars on Twitter

Lea Michele turned 27 yesterday and the Glee star found it hard to celebrate without boyfriend Cory Monteith.

The actress expressed her gratitude to her fans for helping her through what was undoubtedly a difficult day with a sweet message on Twitter.

Thank you guys for all the birthday love today:),’ Lea Tweeted.

So beyond thankful for all of you..

Cory, 31, was found dead in his hotel last month following a heroin and alcohol overdose.

It’s thought that Lea – who was Cory’s lover both on and off screen – opted for a low-key celebration with just a few close friends.

Lea’s co-stars offered their support by sending the actress birthday wishes on Twitter.

A VERY SHMAAAPPY BURRRFDAYYY to my pal @msleamichele!!!‘ a cute message from Darren Criss read.

And not just cuz I want summa that bday cake in mah tummy… Love u! (And cake) 🙂

Mark Salling Tweeted: happy birthday to the wonderful @msleamichele the more i know her the more i love her‘.

And Kevin McHale wrote: Happy BIRRFFDAY to the littlest bee around @msleamichele 🙂 love u

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Anna Francis