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Glee's Murphy outlines tribute episode

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Ryan Murphy

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has given more details about the episode of the show which will deal with the death of Finn Hudson, the character played by the late Cory Monteith saying he will not die from a drug overdose.

The actor died last month aged 31.

Speaking to Deadline he said they considered referencing the circumstances of the actor death on the show saying "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."

Murphy added "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'. That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way."

Speaking about the reaction of the cast-members to Monteith’s death he said "It's been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming. We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We're just now finishing it, and at the end of the week we'll send it to [the studio] to get their approvals. 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 "We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We're trying to craft an episode that's not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving."

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