Cory Monteith Glee Tribute Episode: Ryan Murphy Releases First Picture

Cory Monteith; Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy released a first look at the Cory Monteith tribute episode on Glee via Twitter on Thursday, Sept. 26 -- see the picture  Courtesy of Ryan Murphy

Cory Monteith's Glee tribute episode is getting close. Creator Ryan Murphy released a first look of the episode set to air in three weeks via Twitter on Thursday, Sept. 26.

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The promo that Murphy revealed is a simple black and white photo of the late Canadian actor's face, with the caption, "The hardest word to say is 'goodbye.'"

Glee's tribute episode for Monteith is set to air in the third episode of its fifth season. The premiere of Season 5 airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST on FOX, with the first two episodes focusing on Beatles music.

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The sneak peek of what will surely be an emotional hour of television comes just days after Monteith's former costar Jane Lynch remembered the star during the 2013 Emmys' In Memoriam.

"Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction," Lynch, who plays Coach Sue Sylvester on the musical comedy said. 

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"Tonight, we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss for all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love. And, if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand Cory's goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise, you'd have loved him even more."

Monteith died on July 13 at the age of 31 after accidentally overdosing on heroin and alcohol. His tribute episode — titled "Quarterback" — will air Oct. 10.

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