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Lea Michele Is Focused on Work and Doing 'Much Better'

Lea Michele Is Doing 'Much Better,' Is Focused on Work and Close Friends

Originally posted 11/18/2013 05:00PM

While Lea Michele continues to grieve the loss of boyfriend Cory Monteith, the light at the end of her tunnel appears to be getting a little brighter.

"Lea is doing much better," a source close to the Glee star tells PEOPLE.

The days and weeks since Monteith's death in July from a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol were "so hard" for the actress, says the source, but Michele has found solace in her work both on the set of her Fox show and while shooting a video for her upcoming album over the weekend.

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After Cory Monteith's Death, Lea Michele Says She Is 'Choosing to Rise'

Lea Michele Is 'Choosing to Rise' After Cory Monteith's Death

Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:30AM

When Cory Monteith died at just 31 due to a mixture of alcohol and heroin, Lea Michele turned to a famous friend for help.

"I called [Kate Hudson] and said, 'I don't know where I'm going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].' She was like, 'Oh, you're going to stay at my house.' Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there," Michele says in the December issue of ELLE.

"I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."

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The Next Season of Glee Will Be Its Last

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Glee Comes to an End

Originally posted 10/17/2013 03:00PM

There's more sad news for Glee fans.

Ryan Murphy, co-creator of the series, announced that the next season of the show (its sixth) will be its last, Variety reports.

Murphy, 47, also said that Cory Monteith's unexpected death has caused him to rethink the ending of the show, which he had planned around the Rachel/Finn romance.

"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end," Murphy said to TVLine.

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Lea Michele 'Talks About Cory All the Time,' Pal Says | Cory Monteith, Lea Michele

Lea Michele 'Talks About Cory All the Time,' Pal Says

Originally posted 10/13/2013 07:15PM

Her Glee alter ego gave him a fond farewell on a tribute episode on Thursday, and in real life, Lea Michele is slowly moving on from the pain of losing her boyfriend and costar, Cory Monteith, who died in July.

"It's getting a little easier," a source close to the star tells PEOPLE.

Michele, 27 – who posted a photo of herself with Monteith on Instagram while the episode aired – "still misses him every day," the source admits. "She talks about Cory all the time."

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See Lea Michele's Moving Final Tribute to Cory Monteith | Cory Monteith

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Glee's Farewell to Cory Monteith – and Finn – Was Beautiful

Originally posted 10/11/2013 08:30AM

Glee said goodbye to Finn Hudson and Cory Monteith Thursday night with an hour that was very moving – how could it not be? – but also very kind.

Kind because a viewer's buttons were never pushed. Whatever you felt just seemed to come, scene by scene, as everyone found a way to articulate their grief. And, of course, to sing.

Monteith, who was only 31 when he died July 13 from a mixture of alcohol and heroin, had already shot appearances in the season's first two episodes – those, a salute to the Beatles, were re-edited leading up to last night's memorial. They constituted one of the most melancholy salutes to the Beatles I've ever heard, with Monteith's death coloring everything.

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Cory Monteith's Estranged Father Speaks Out: I Never Said Goodbye | Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith's Estranged Father Speaks Out: I Never Said Goodbye

Originally posted 10/10/2013 07:00PM

Grieving Glee fans will tune in Thursday seeking solace during the show's highly anticipated tribute episode memorializing the late Cory Monteith.

But one viewer is not expecting the show to bring him much closure.

Joe Monteith, Cory's estranged father, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview that he wakes up heartbroken every morning, missing his son and wishing he could have said goodbye.

"It’s just ripping my insides out and tearing me apart," the elder Monteith, 63, says tearfully.

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Lea Michele: 'I've Lost Two People, Cory and Finn' | Cory Monteith, Lea Michele

Lea Michele: 'I've Lost Two People, Cory and Finn'

Originally posted 10/09/2013 12:30PM

Although Glee's Lea Michele admits it feels like "I've lost two people, Cory and Finn," the actress says the tribute episode to her on- and off-screen love Cory Monteith "was very therapeutic."

"We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium, and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him," a stoic Michele, 27, told TV Week Australia. "It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn."

But did the actress ever consider leaving the hit show after the tragic death of her former boyfriend, 31, in July?

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Cory Monteith Tribute Episode Left Crew Sobbing

Originally posted 10/04/2013 12:00PM



Glee's Cory Monteith tribute episode was "incredibly difficult" for the cast and crew and "very rough" for Lea Michele, says producer Ryan Murphy.

"People are still not over it. It is still really difficult," Murphy said Thursday. "I've never seen a crew that can't continue shooting because they left the room sobbing. ... What you're seeing is what they felt not just about Finn, but Cory."

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Cory Monteith's Body Found Near Champagne Bottles and Glasses | Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith's Body Found Near Champagne Bottles and Glasses

Originally posted 10/02/2013 05:45PM

Cory Monteith was legally drunk the night he died and his body was found near two champagne bottles and multiple glasses, authorities say.

A spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle were also found near his body in his Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel room, according to the final autopsy report released Wednesday.

The Glee star, 31, had an alcohol level of 0.13 percent, according to a toxicological analysis contained in the Sept. 16 British Columbia coroner's report.

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Get a First Look at Cory Monteith's Tribute on Glee

Cory Monteith Tribute on Glee: Preview

Originally posted 09/26/2013 06:00PM

Glee fans are likely to get choked up over a new promotional photo for the upcoming season, which premieres Thursday.

"The hardest word to say is 'goodbye,' " says the caption alongside a close-up black and white picture of Cory Monteith.

Screenwriter Ryan Murphy Tweeted the image on Thursday, giving a first look into the new season without Monteith, though the show will feature a tribute episode.

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