The season five premiere of Glee has been postponed by one week due to the recent death of its leading man Cory Monteith.

The popular Fox comedy show was due to return on September 19th but after 31-year-old Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, was found dead in a hotel room following an overdose of heroin and alcohol last weekend, it has been pushed back until September 26th.

Fox said in a statement: ''In light of the tragic passing of beloved GLEE cast member Cory Monteith, the series' executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of GLEE until early August.

"Season Five of GLEE will now premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. No further details are available at this time (sic)."

Producers have not publicly discussed how the show will deal with the loss of Monteith and his character.