'Glee' fans bid farewell to Cory Monteith during tribute episode
By By Patrick Kevin Day
Oct 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Thursday night's episode of "Glee" finally brought an end to quarterback-turned-singer Finn Hudson's story, as the show paid tribute to actor Cory Monteith, who died over the summer.
The episode drew "Glee's" highest ratings in a year and brought more than one fan to tears as the cast mourned the character of Finn and the real-life death of Monteith, who died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol at age 31. The episode, titled "The Quarterback," grew "Glee's" audience 68% over last week in total viewers, with 7.4 million people tuning in.
"American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks wrote on Twitter, "This is such a touching tribute on Glee. I am bawling."
And Kevin McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie on the show, wrote, "Tonights Glee was made out of a lot of love & a lot of tears by our incredible crew, cast & creators for our friend Cory. We miss you Cory."