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Cory Monteith’s mother expresses thanks to fans for their ‘overwhelming’ support

Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele share a moment in an episode of Glee.

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Cory Monteith's mother has broken her silence about her son's death, on Twitter. Ann McGregor, who lives in the Victoria area, sent a message Thursday afternoon, directed at her son's fans. "I would like to thank all of Cory's supporters at this extremely emotional time. Your support has been overwhelming ... thank you!" she tweeted.

She later tweeted about a "person releasing articles relating to my feelings and thoughts on how to take care of Cory's ashes," an apparent reference to a man who has identified himself as Richard Monteith, a cousin of the Glee actor. He has spoken with a number of media outlets about what he said were Ms. McGregor's plans for Mr. Monteith's remains. Those claims were widely reported in the media (the Globe and Mail did not report them).

Ms. McGregor tweeted that the man "has never been in contact with me." Two minutes later, she added "I have never met or spoken to this person. He does not represent me or my wishes."

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Mr. Monteith, 31, was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver on July 13. The cause of death was determined to be an overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the B.C. Corners Service.

Ms. McGregor's tweets led to an outpouring of support from fans on Twitter.

"I'm sorry you have to deal with this during this difficult time," tweeted one fan. "Seeing Cory's mother tweet about him just breaks my heart even more," wrote another.

Fox is planning a tribute episode of Glee that will bid farewell to Mr. Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, and address the issue of drug addiction. Fox revealed Thursday that the death will be dealt with in the third episode of the upcoming season.

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