Naya Rivera on Cory Monteith's Death: "Cory Was a Part of My Own Family"

So tragic. After Glee star Cory Montieth was found dead in a hotel room at the age of 31, the Glee family was devestated, including Naya Rivera. 

"The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy," the actress said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

Naya Rivera was a series regular on the show by season two, and was one of the stars in the original cast, which included Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Montieth. Lea Michele and Cory Montieth had been public as a couple for around a year.

Our thoughts are with the cast at this time.