Safe to assume no one saw Cory Monteith’s death coming. And judging by last night’s tribute to him on Glee, seems even the show he was known for didn’t quite know how to handle it. While the tribute to his passing was sweet and moving, many people today are wondering why no one actually addressed how he died. While they did not need to make Cory Monteith’s death on the show reflect his death in real life, to pass off how he died as “not important” takes away some of the intended impact the moment may have had.
While we can definitely understand why an overdose was not brought up, just having Cory Monteith’s character die off and giving no reason for that sort of undermines the power of the loss. Perhaps had they addressed a reason for death then they could have given more people in similar situations some hope for themselves to know they are not going through it alone.
Overall the episode was still very moving and a touching tribute to him, but it just seemed like an elephant in the room everyone was too afraid to talk about. The Washington Post delves a little deeper into the issue.
Regardless, a young and very talented young man was taken from this Earth well before his time. And that is the truest definition of a tragedy.