Glee actor was found dead aged 31

Celebs have been expressing their shock and sadness at the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith.

The actor, who played Finn Hudson in the hit musical series, was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday aged just 31.

Various stars have been paying tribute on Twitter following the sad news.

One Direction‘s Niall Horan wrote: RIP cory ! Didn’t know him personally! Met him on a couple of occasions! Super nice guy! Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends! X

Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels… Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!Rihanna Tweeted.

Taylor Swift, who is said to have briefly dated Cory in 2010, posted the short but emotional message: Speechless. And for the worst reason.

Taylor’s pal Selena Gomez posted a picture of herself sharing a hug with the late actor and wrote: This hurts. I love you Cory. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words cant describe what they must be feeling,’ Kim Kardashian, who has been relatively quiet on Twitter since the birth of baby North West last month, Tweeted on Saturday.

Cory’s girlfriend both on and off screen Lea
Michele
, 26, has not yet spoken about his death but is said to be ‘hysterical and completely inconsolable’, according to Hollywood Life.

A spokesperson released a statement on her behalf yesterday requesting that she be given space.

We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time,’ Lea’s rep tells People.

The cause of Cory’s death has not yet been determined but an autopsy will take place today, with results due to be released within the next few days.

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