Lea Michele breaks silence on Cory Monteith's passing

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Actor Cory Monteith, left, and actress Lea Michele arrive at the Elton John Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Glee star Lea Michele finally addressed the loss of her late boyfriend Cory Monteith on Monday, thanking fans via Twitter for their support.

"Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support," she wrote. "Cory will forever be in my heart." The actress attached to the post, an adorable photo of the two hugging in front of a body of water.

Monteith, also Michele's co-star on the popular Fox show Glee, abruptly and tragically died at the age of 31 on July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room. An autopsy later revealed that he had passed away from a deadly combination of heroin and alcohol that resulted in "drug toxicity."

Michele did not directly address Monteith's death prior to her tweet Monday. Reps did share that the actress was grieving as shared in a July 16 statement. "Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans," the statement read. "Since Cory's passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family."

The couple had been dating for a little over a year. In response to Monteith's death, Fox pushed back the season five premiere of Glee to Sept. 26.

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