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Ryan Murphy Talks Cory Monteith's Death: 'It Was Like Losing a Child'

Ryan Murphy is opening up about the death of his Glee star Cory Monteith in a new interview three years after the tragic loss.

The television producer talked about the last time he saw Cory, which was when the actor visited the set of The Normal Heart with girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele.

“We hugged, and the last thing he said was ‘I love you, man, and thank you for helping me get better.’ And then the next thing I knew he was dead. It was like losing a child,” Ryan told Entertainment Weekly.

“What started off as being such a great celebration of love and acceptance ultimately became about darkness and death,” Ryan added about moving on with the show after the death. “It was a great lesson in what not to do moving forward. And many of them are my good friends to this day.”

To read what Lea said about Ryan‘s support after the loss, visit

Naya Rivera Didn't Get Along With Lea Michele, But Knows She 'Could Actually Be Good' for Cory Monteith

Naya Rivera is dishing on all the behind-the-scenes drama from her time Glee.

The 29-year-old actress talks candidly about her “feud” with co-star Lea Michele in her new book Sorry, Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes & Growing Up.

“One of the Glee writers once said that Lea and I were like two sides of the same battery and that about sums us up,” Naya wrote. “We are both strong willed and competitive – not just with each other but with everyone – and that’s not a good mixture.”

Naya continued, “As the show progressed, though, that friendship started to break down, especially as Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel – erm, I mean Lea – didn’t like sharing the spotlight. On top of that, she had a hard time separating work from our outside friendship, whereas it was a lot easier for me. I’m not offended when people offer feedback or criticism, and if things get heated on set, I try to keep perspective. We’re all stressed, yes, but we’re all working toward the same goal, so laugh it off and keep it movin’. Lea was a lot more sensitive, though, and it seemed like she blamed me for anything and everything that went wrong.”

“If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was b-tching about her,” Naya wrote. “Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of season six. Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again, but the rumors of our ‘feud’ were blown out of proportion.”

As for Lea‘s relationship with Cory Monteith, Naya wrote, “When Cory and Lea started dating, it was a total surprise. The more serious they got, the less Cory hung out with us and the more he seemed like a different person. One year he came back from the break between seasons super skinny. He said he’d been spending a lot of time at the gym and was trying to be responsible – not spending money all the time and buying crazy cars like he used to. My personal feelings for Lea aside, I knew that she wasn’t a partier, so I felt like maybe their relationship could actually be good for him. I was happy for Cory to have a stable influence in his life, wherever it was he found it.”

Lea Michele Honors Cory Monteith with 'Finn' Tattoo

Lea Michele posed completely in the buff for Women’s Health UK‘s latest issue, and fans were quick to point out some new ink on her left buttocks.

The 29-year-old Scream Queens star tattooed “Finn,” the name of Cory Monteith‘s Glee character, on her body to remember him after his tragic death. Cory passed away three years ago.

“Right now, I feel physically in my best shape and emotionally in my best place,” Lea told the magazine about her current state.

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Lea Michele Sends Touching Message to Cory Monteith on Third Anniversary of His Passing

Lea Michele marked the third anniversary of Cory Monteith‘s passing with a sweet message and photo on Wednesday (July 13).

The 29-year-old Scream Queens actress took to her Twitter to express how much she missed her late boyfriend, who tragically died at age 31.

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“I know everyday you’re watching over me, and smiling. Love and miss you Cory, everyday, but today a little more..❤️” she wrote.

Earlier this year, Lea also honored Cory by getting a tattoo of the number 5, a reference to his jersey number on Glee.

Pictued inside: Lea heading to the salon that same day.

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Lea Michele Gets New Tattoo in Honor of Cory Monteith

Lea Michele revealed she got a “5″ tattoo in honor of her late boyfriend Cory Monteith.

“And one more.. for my quarterback,” the 29-year-old actress captioned a photo on her Twitter account of her new ink to honor her former love/Glee co-star.

Lea also revealed she got a coffee cup tattoo in honor of her grandma who passed. “For you Grandma.. I love you forever..” Lea captioned another photo.

“5″ was the number of Cory‘s quarterback jersey on Glee. He passed away in July of 2013 from a drug overdose.

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