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'A league of lives': Cory Monteith in his own words

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  • 'Glee' star Cory Monteith died this weekend at the age of 31
  • Despite past struggles with addiction, Monteith was open and optimistic about his life
'A league of lives': Cory Monteith in his own words

Fans and friends are still struggling to process the untimely death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith. The 31-year-old actor was beloved for his portrayal of Finn Hudson, a naive, lovable teenager with a Broadway-worthy voice. Behind the scenes, Monteith often spoke about the darker parts of his life: A difficult childhood and longtime struggle with drugs and addiction.

Though we do not know yet what caused Monteith's death, his willingness to talk about these difficult subjects revealed a young man who seemed happy and hopeful about life.

In 2011, he spoke openly in a tell-all interview with Parade Magazine. Monteith told the magazine about his early days, his parents' divorce, his life as a high school dropout, and the drug and alcohol abuse that robbed him of some of his teen years.

"I'm lucky on so many accounts," he said. "I'm lucky to be alive."

Cory took the opportunity, in the interview and years that followed, to speak candidly about his life, his dreams, and his fortune:

On finally confronting his addiction: “I was done fighting myself...I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’”

His advice to others facing problems: “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.”

On his future: "I want to get married and have children and live happily ever after."

On reuniting with his estranged father: "I don’t want to ever look back on my life and have a history of shutting doors on people. When someone comes to be rekindling a relationship, I want to look back and have been a part of that relationship."

On experience: "I've lived a league of lives."

His full 2011 interview with George Stomboulopoulos is worth a watch:

Monteith was also very active and genial on Twitter, thanking fans for their love and chronicling his passion for the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. When word came out that Monteith was voluntarily checking himself into rehab this April, he remained positive:

Just days before his death, Monteith shared a favorite song:


So go and pack your bags
For the long haul
We're gonna lose ourselves
I promise
This time it's you and me for evermore

And every night we'll watch the stars
They'll be out for us
They'll be out for us
And every night, the city lights
They'll be out for us
They'll be out for us

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