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Lea Michele: How She’s Helping Glee Writers Address Cory Monteith’s Death

Lea Michele in Feb 2013
Find out how Lea Michele is helping Glee writers address Cory Monteith's death on the fifth season of the Fox musical series.

Lea Michele hopes her heartbreak will help others. Devastated by the July 13 overdose of love Cory Monteith, Michele, 26, offered her input to Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who is writing the October 10 episode that deals with the drug-related death of Monteith's character, Finn.

"Lea wants it to reflect the truth, to warn people what can happen," a source tells Us Weekly in the Aug. 19 issue (on stands Friday).

Related: PHOTOS: Lea's romance with Cory

The actress is back at work after a few weeks of hiding out at the $5.3 million L.A. home of Glee guest star Kate Hudson, who was filming in London. Michele ventured out August 3 to attend Jamie-Lynn Sigler's baby shower at Caulfield's restaurant in Beverly Hills. Says a source, "Jamie's been a good friend to her."

Related: PHOTOS: Love lives of Glee stars

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, Michele tweeted a somber behind-the-scenes photo from the Glee set. "Feels so good to be home," she wrote in the caption. The actress, who plays Rachel Berry on the Fox musical series, revealed one day earlier that she was recording a special song for the show. "Couldn't have picked a more beautiful and perfect song to start the year with," she shared on Twitter.

Related: PHOTOS: Stars gone too soon

The fifth season of Glee premieres on Fox Sept. 26. Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly explained on Aug. 1 that "the third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show . . . that episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory's passing and with the drug abuse in particular."

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