Naya Rivera has become the first member of the Glee cast to speak extensively on the tragic death of Cory Monteith.
With Lea Michele having requested privacy in the wake of her boyfriend's sudden passing, and many other stars having taken to Twitter to express shock and remorse, Rivera has now released the following statement:
"The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend.
"He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory's family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated."