The death of Cory Monteith has affected many this week, especially his girlfriend Lea Michele and his family. Today, the Glee star was cremated and a small viewing was held, but his heartbroken father was not invited. Read our 5 Fast Facts about the sad series of events surrounding the cremation.
1. Monteith’s Body Was Cremated Today
RIP Cory Allan Michael Monteith, my prayers go out to his parents Joe Monteith & Ann McGregor, brother Shawn Monteith & fiance' Lea Michele.
— Why Would I Tell? (@Phoenix_Ranger) July 14, 2013
The cremation took place in Vancouver today, three days after the sudden death of Glee star Cory Monteith. Toxicology results showed heroin and alcohol.
2. Friends and Family Held a Viewing Before the Cremation
TMZ reports that a private viewing with Cory Monteith’s family and his girlfriend Lea Michele was held prior to cremating the Glee star.
3. Dad Joe Monteith Was Not Invited
Apparently, Cory’s father was absent from the viewing and is “heartbroken” that he was not invited.
Cory’s dad Joe Monteith — who is divorced from Cory’s mom Ann — tells TMZ … he was informed of the cremation after the fact, adding he’s “totally devastated” he didn’t get a chance to see Cory’s body.
Monteith’s father also added:
I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very very much. I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.
4. Cory’s Mom Made All the Decisions
Ann, Joe, Shaun Monteith stay strong.We are with you, condolences. Did you have a child of boundless kindness, beautiful and a great artist.
— ilys (@Ily_Overstreet) July 15, 2013
Cory’s body was supposedly released yesterday to his mother, and she decided to have a viewing at the hospital. Lea Michele and Cory’s brother Shaun were both present. Once the viewing was over, Ann made the decision to have her son cremated.
5. Cory and His Father Were Estranged For Years
According to Us Weekly, the father and son were estranged after Joe’s divorce from Cory’s mother Ann. However, things changed in 2009.
Monteith and his dad went through a period of estrangement after the divorce, but in 2009, they got together for the first time in 17 years.
Cory had apparently reached out to his father via Facebook to repair the relationship.