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‘Glee’ says farewell to Cory Monteith's Finn: ‘Singing won’t bring him back’

Updated: 2013-10-11T12:14:12Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

“Singing won’t bring him back.”

Five sad words, Puck’s plaintive protest as he and his friends gathered on Thursday night’s episode of “Glee” to say farewell to cast member Cory Monteith, who played quarterback Finn Hudson on the show.

Cory died in a Vancouver hotel in July of a heroin and alcohol overdose. He was 31.

The episode takes place three weeks after Finn’s death, the cause of which is purposefully never mentioned. “Who cares ... I care more about how he lived,” says Finn’s stepbrother Kurt (Chris Colfer).

Glee club members memorialized Finn the way they always celebrate and survive life.

They sang.

And as the cast sang, through real tears, fans of the show on social media cried with them. Glee, Remembering Cory and #RIPCoryMonteith trended strongly on Twitter while the show aired.

When Lea Michele, Cory’s love in life and on the show, told beloved glee club teacher Mr. Schue that “he was my person,” you could almost hear hearts breaking all over Twitter.

This tweet summed up the communal pain: “Probably the saddest episode of any TV show ever.”

The episode began with the cast, somberly dressed in black, singing “Seasons of Love” from Broadway’s “Rent.

Then individual cast members performed in tribute.

Amber Riley (Mercedes) sang The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You.”

Mark Salling (Puck), whose character was afraid to cry because “I won’t stop,” powered through Bruce Springsteen’s “No Surrender.”

And before she dashed away in tears, Naya Rivera (Santana), came close to finishing “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry.

The songs are available online. Sale proceeds will go to Project Limelight, a Canadian theater camp that Cory supported.

“I've never seen a crew that can't continue shooting because they've left the room sobbing. It was very hard," executive producer Ryan Murphy told USA Today of making the episode.

"I struggled even working on it, because what you're seeing is what they felt about not just Finn, but Cory. It's amazing performances across the board. ... Everybody went into it with a lot of love."

Even nasty cheer coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) slipped off her wisecracking armor long enough to declare of Finn/Cory: “He was a good man.”

Goodbye Finn.

Goodbye Cory.

Goodbye Superman.

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