(TORONTO SUN) — The death of “Glee” actor Cory Monteith over the weekend comes just weeks before production begins of the fifth season of the Fox musical comedy, throwing it into disarray at a time when the creators needed to revive the waning series.

Canadian actor Monteith, 31, was not only a founding cast member, but also an integral player in promoting “Glee’s” overarching message of tolerance.

Making matters more complicated for producers was his off-screen relationship with another of the show’s top actresses, Lea Michele, who plays his love interest on the show.

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