Lea Michele is opening up for the first time since the death of her boyfriend and Glee costar Cory Monteith.
"For me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn," Michele told TV Week Australia. "We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic."\
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Monteith was found dead on July 13 in a hotel in downtown Vancouver, Canada at the age of 31. A toxicology report revealed that Monteith had a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent, and also detected the presence of morphine, codeine and 6-monoacetyl morphine (an unambiguous metabolite of heroin.)
While the cast returned to work three weeks after the tragedy, Michele says it helped them to grieve. "Everyone is asking: 'Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?', but the truth is it's no harder at work than it is in life ... so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together."
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Reflecting on their relationship, Michele added, "I woke up every single day feeling like I was in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life. There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky."
Glee's Monteith tribute episode, which deals with the death of his character Finn, airs on Thursday at 8/7c on Fox.