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I don't need to be wildly famous for my life to make sense

Cory Monteith came to fame as clean-cut high school performer Finn Hudson, in the popular US musical series Glee

In the series, which ran between 2009 and 2015, Cory played star quarterback in the school’s American football team. His character struggled to adapt to the “glee club” at first but like all the other characters ultimately delivered or contributed to a number of the show’s spectacular musical productions notably versions of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, which became a massive real-life hit.

His character enjoyed an on/off relationship with Rachel, played by Lea Michele, his girlfriend in real life.

Somewhat older than his high school student character, Canada– born Cory had overcome early struggles with drinking and drugs to forge a successful acting career.

“I want to get married and have children and live happily ever after. That's important to me,” he said.

Sadly, this was not to be. Cory struggled again with his addictions and checked into rehab, but died of an overdose, just months later.

Glee ended fairly soon afterwards but not before a special tribute episode to Cory, The Quarterback, was aired.