Cory Monteith’s Death: Lea Michele’s Friend Sophia Bush Opens Up
Cory Monteith’s (Finn) death from a mixture of heroin and alcohol on July 13 shocked everyone, including those close to him. Cory’s girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele (Rachel) has been lying low and spending time surrounded by friends in the weeks since. Now, one of those friends is opening up about just how painful Cory’s death has been.
Lea’s friend Sophia Bush is hosting the VH1's Do Something Awards tonight, and as part of her promotional duties as host, the actress was interviewed by Huffington Post. Cory and Lea have both won Do Something Awards in the past, but the conversation quickly turned from talk of their charity work to questions about Cory’s passing.
“When something that devastating happens, nobody expected it,” Sophia says in the video interview. The actress is clearly still feeling very emotional about Cory’s death. She speaks slowly, often seeming to hold back tears. Sophia — who tweeted on the day of Cory’s death “I saw him a few weeks ago in NY, looking so happy. heartbreaking... — says that the Glee star was “such a light” in this industry.
“There are some people we watch as they sort of unravel, and if something like that were to happen, you’d be sad, but not necessarily shocked. You’d just be so sad that they never got help,” she says.
Cory, however, knew his demons and was trying to fight them. He’d just completed a trip to rehab a little more than a month before his death. “It’s more emotional for the people that knew and loved him, because he was working toward that. He had just gone to get help,” she says.
Sophia says she worries that some fans might not realize the nature of addiction, and how serious of a disease it really is.
“Addiction is serious. It is not to be taken lightly. It comes for you in ways you can’t imagine,” she says. I just hope that there’s some sort of push for people to realize that they need help, and maybe that they need more help than they think.”