By Ciara Farmer for MailOnline
Whereas Glee was simply one of many cheeriest reveals to ever grace tv screens, behind-the-scenes a murky curse has long-prevailed amongst its troubled forged and crew.
The demise of Naya Rivera comes amongst a string of heartbreaks and horrors surrounding the present, together with Cory Monteith’s unintended drug overdose in 2013, Naya’s ex-boyfriend Mark Salling’s conviction for possession of kid pornography and subsequent suicide and up to date rumors of unrest on-set.
The present ran for six seasons from 2009 to 2015 and all through its time on air and the years following, trauma has reigned supreme – resulting in claims of a ‘Glee Curse’.
Not so Glee-ful: Whereas Glee was simply one of many cheeriest reveals to ever grace tv screens, behind-the-scenes a murky curse has long-prevailed amongst its troubled forged and crew (Pictured prime row L-R: Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum Jr., Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron, Iqbal Theba, Heather Morris, Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch. Backside row L-R: Kevin McHale, Mark Salling (ground), Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison in 2011)
CORY MONTEITH’S FATAL DRUG AND DRINK BATTLE
Cory Monteith performed Finn Hudson
In what was the beginning of the present’s behind-the-scenes demise, on 13 July 2013, Cory Monteith, who performed Finn Hudson, was discovered useless of a medicine overdose aged 31 in his Vancouver resort room, after taking a deadly mixture of heroin and alcohol. 4 months earlier than his demise he had accomplished a stint in rehab.
Cory was courting Lea Michele on the time of his demise. After information broke of his overdose, it was revealed that Lea rang his mom, hysterical and screaming: ‘Is it true?’ Following his passing, she launched an announcement.
Via her consultant, the actress mentioned: ‘Lea is deeply grateful for all of the love and help she’s acquired from household, associates, and followers. Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his household and making acceptable preparations with them. They’re supporting one another as they endure this profound loss collectively.’
Lea, who’s anticipating her first little one with husband Zandy Reich, started courting Cory in 2012, and after his demise, she mentioned: ‘There was no higher man than Cory. So, for the time we spent collectively, I take into account myself very fortunate.’
Heartbreaking: Cory dated his co-star Lea Michele (seen left collectively in 2012) as much as the time of his demise. He was discovered useless of a medicine overdose aged 31 in his Vancouver resort room, after taking a deadly mixture of heroin and alcohol
5 years after his demise, Cory’s mom Ann McGregor insisted her son had been on ache treatment following dental work to cap his enamel within the weeks earlier than his overdose and that he ‘by no means meant to die’.
She mentioned he had battled his justifiable share of demons from a younger age, ingesting and smoking marijuana from 13, and with two stints in rehab by the point he was 19. Whereas he managed to get clear for a time, he fell again into unhealthy habits when he went to Hollywood.
Ann, who admitted her son started utilizing medication once more in December 2012, seven months earlier than his demise, mentioned: ‘He wasn’t prepared for the Hollywood world. Medicine had been his method of testing’. After his demise, she mentioned: ‘I nonetheless cannot choose up the items. My world completely stopped. And I am a unique particular person than I used to be earlier than.’
MARK SALLING’S HORRENDOUS CHILD PORN CONVICTION AND DEATH
Mark Salling performed Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman
Probably the most horrific of the present’s woes was undoubtedly Mark Salling’s 2015 arrest and subsequent conviction in 2017 for possession of greater than 50,000 photographs and 600 movies which confirmed ladies, a few of whom as younger as three, being raped. It was described as ‘the worst pornography assortment the nation has seen’.
Salling, who performed Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman on the present, had tried to hide them by masking his IP deal with and storing them on an encrypted exhausting drive. They had been revealed to police by an ex-girlfriend who he confirmed them to. She was sickened and notified authorities. In his plea deal, the extent of his assortment was described in harrowing element.
He was discovered useless from suicide by hanging on 30 January 2018 close to his dwelling in Sunland, Los Angeles. His demise got here shortly earlier than his sentencing, which was as a result of happen on March 7. He had tried suicide the earlier yr by slashing his wrists, after which he was handled for psychological issues.
Horror: Probably the most horrific of the present’s woes was undoubtedly Salling’s 2015 arrest and subsequent conviction in 2017 for possession of greater than 50,000 photographs and 600 movies which confirmed ladies, a few of whom as younger as three, being raped. He’s pictured left arriving at court docket, and proper with co-star Naya Rivera, whom he dated for 3 years till 2010
Salling dated Naya from 2007 to 2010. In her 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Goals, Errors, and Rising Up, the actress admitted that she was not stunned by his horrendous convictions.
She wrote: ‘I am unable to say I used to be completely shocked. When Mark dumped me, I believed it was the worst factor ever, however are you able to think about if that did not occur?…
‘And I used to be laying there in mattress when the battering ram got here by the door?’
Previous to his demise, in January 2013, Salling’s ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela accused him of sexual battery by forcing her to have unprotected intercourse with out consent. He denied the costs and filed a countersuit for defamation. In March 2015, they out of court docket with judges ordering him to pay her $2.7million.
LEA MICHELE’S DRAMA BEHIND THE SCENES
Lea Michele performed Rachel Berry
Lea Michele, who performed Rachel Berry on the present, was accused of bullying on-set by a variety of forged and crew members in the summertime of 2020.
Accusations of on-set bullying started with a tweet from Lea’s co-star Samantha Ware in June final yr, accusing her of being impolite to her on-set and behaving with ‘traumatic microaggressions’.
Others then piled on to the actress with allegations of their very own, together with Heather Morris, Dabier Snell and Yvette Nicole Brown. Lea was subsequently dropped by her sponsor, HelloFresh.
Morris, 33, who performed cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on the Ryan Murphy present, claims Michele was ‘very’ disagreeable to work with, saying: ‘Was she disagreeable to work with? Very a lot so; for Lea to deal with others with the disrespect that she did for so long as she did, I consider she SHOULD be known as out.’
Shocker: Lea, who performed Rachel Berry, was accused of bullying on-set by a variety of forged and crew members in the summertime of 2020, after co-star Samantha Ware (proper) spoke out about her alleged habits on Twitter. Lea was subsequently dropped by meals model HelloFresh and a spokesperson (left)
Lea apologized and mentioned she has ‘by no means judged others by their background or shade of their pores and skin.’ She additionally insisted she is going to study from the errors she has made so she ‘generally is a actual position mannequin for my little one’ when she provides delivery in a few months.
Naya and Lea famously had on-set friction, with the previous writing in her ebook: ‘One of many Glee writers as soon as mentioned that Lea and I had been like two sides of the identical battery and that about sums us up. We’re each sturdy willed and aggressive – not simply with one another however with everybody – and that is not a great combination…
‘We’re all careworn, sure, however we’re all working towards the identical objective, so snicker it off and preserve it movin’. Lea was much more delicate, although, and it appeared like she blamed me for something and all the pieces that went improper.’
CREW MEMBERS’ PASSING: ‘WE’VE LOST ANOTHER ONE’
Manufacturing assistant Nancy Motes handed away in 2014
Between 2013 and 2014, the present noticed three heartbreaking deaths. Three months after Cory’s 2013 demise, assistant director Jim Fuller handed away in his sleep, from coronary heart failure.
In Season 4, a refined shout-out was given to Jim, whereas Glee cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo wrote on Twitter after his demise: ‘That is such unhappy information. Jim was such an ideal man and was so good to me at all times.’
Then in 2014, the forged had been left ‘devastated’ by the demise of the manufacturing assistant Nancy Motes, the sister of Julia Roberts. Nancy died aged 37, after drowning in a shower on February 9, 2014. She was discovered surrounded by non-prescription and prescription tablets, based on the Los Angeles County Coroner.
She claimed in her suicide observe that the actress was so merciless that she ‘drove me into the deepest melancholy I’ve ever been in’. She described the Oscar-winning star as a ‘so-called sibling’ who ought to get nothing if she died – besides the reminiscence that she pushed her over the sting.
Additional ache: Nancy, the sister of Julia Roberts (pictured collectively in 2002), died aged 37, after drowning in a shower on February 9, 2014. She was discovered surrounded by non-prescription and prescription tablets, based on the Los Angeles County Coroner
Within the handwritten observe, which was used as proof in court docket amid a authorized battle over her property, Nancy mentioned that Roberts’ abuse had been so unhealthy that ‘I burst into tears as a result of I get up’.
Following Nancy’s tragic demise, fellow manufacturing assistant Cristina Lageman spoke to MailOnline about Jim’s demise, Nancy’s suicide and the issues over ‘a curse’ on the present’.
Cristina mentioned: ‘She was such a great buddy to me. It is simply surprising. Sure, she had her personal little struggles, however once we obtained collectively, we simply bonded and he or she by no means allow them to get to her. It is such a shock, what with Cory passing final yr, then we had a crew member, Jim Fuller, die. Now we have this hit and it is nearly an excessive amount of.
‘Glee was like a household. We spent 12 hours a day collectively. We might refer to one another as The Glee Household. Colleagues have been posting on Fb: ‘We have misplaced one other one.’