Monteith's mother Ann, younger brother Shaun, and his girlfriend Lea Michele viewed the body at the hospital in Vancouver before his body was cremated. Cory's father, Joe Monteith, who is divorced from Cory's mother, was allegedly not aware of the cremation. "[I] am going to miss Cory very, very much. I'm saddened at the fact that I couldn't have been there to see my son before he was cremated," Joe told the site.
On Wednesday, Monteith's Glee co-star and former on-screen love interest Dianna Agron spoke publicly for the first time since his death. "I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile," Agron said in a statement obtained by People. "Glee was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry. We really cut our teeth and grew up on this show. In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there.
"Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone's hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me, but my family," Agron continued. "My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us."
Monteith was found dead on Saturday in a hotel in downtown Vancouver, Canada at the age of 31. Monteith, who died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, had voluntarily admitted himself in a treatment facility for substance addiction in March. He had previously entered rehab for drug abuse when he was 19.