“Glee” creator RYAN MURPHY tells the latest Hollywood news that CORY MONTEITH‘s “Glee” character will not die of overdose, despite reports assuming the contrary.

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Days after Cory Monteith passed away a month ago, we’ve heard little about his character Finn’s fate on “Glee.” But while it was hinted that it would be somewhat about his real cause of death (an accidental heroin overdose), this kind of tragedy won’t be written into the show’s storyline, this according to the “Glee” creator, Ryan Murphy.

Ryan, who recently had dinner with another one of his cast members (and Cory‘s girlfriend) Lea Michele, sets the record straight about their upcoming tribute episode for Monteith to Deadline:

“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that.”

He continues:

“Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’”

In other words, people may find the vagueness “weird,” but Ryan felt it was “really exploitative to do it any other way.”

So how is the “Glee” family now?

Murphy reveals “there’s been tears on set,” adding:

“It’s been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming. We start shooting the memorial episode this week. But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve.”

He said conclusively:

“We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”

What do you think of Murphy‘s Plan B?

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