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Cory Monteith ‘Glee’ Tribute: Cast Sings ‘Seasons of Love’ (Video)

”Glee“ cast says goodbye to Finn Hudson with a ”Rent“ chestnut

“Glee” kicked off its tribute episode to Cory Monteith in grand style on Thursday, delivering a somber rendition of the song “Seasons of Love” from the play “Rent” in the opening sequence.

Clad in funereal black, the “Glee” cast provided a musical reminder of the passage of time and the fleeting nature of life to kick off the episode, titled “The Quarterback.”

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Monteith, who had long struggled with substance abuse, died in Vancouver at age 31 in July. According to the coroner’s report, Monteith died of a  mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol.

Watch the “Glee” cast’s emotional goodbye to Monteith — and his character, Finn Hudson — in the video.