With the television and entertainment world reacting in shocked sadness, Lea Michele has spoken out for the first time since Cory Monteith was found dead yesterday in a Vancouver hotel room.
Through her rep, the actress - who was dating her Glee co-star at the time of his passing - said simply:
"We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time."
Details of Monteith's death are still coming in, but the actor - who checked into rehab at the age of 19 and again just this past April - was reportedly out with friends in Canada on Friday.
He returned to his hotel room alone, however, and was found by staff members after missing his noon check-out time.
As we process this sad news, vote below: What was your favorite Cory Monteith performance on Glee?