Derry singer Damian McGinty has spoken of his shock at the tragic death of his Glee co-star Cory Monteith who was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday.
The 20 year old singer and actor told the ‘Journal’: “the world has lost a truly incredible human being”.
The pair worked together on season three of the hit TV show when Damian secured the role of Rory - an Irish exchange student at William McKinley High School.
Monteith (31) played the leading role of Finn Hudson throughout the show’s four series, and was expected to return to film series five of the show in the coming weeks. He was also reportedly due to marry his co-star Lea Michele - who played his love interest Rachel Berry - in the coming weeks.
Damian McGinty told the ‘Journal’ previously that Monteith had taken him under his wing on the first day of filming. Speaking of his shock yesterday, Damian added: “He was the guy I shot my first ever scene on the show with.
“He was very helpful, understanding and a genuinely great person.”
Damian revealed the actor - who had previously admitted to battling an alcohol and drug addiction at just 19 years of age - had told him how he was proud to have cleaned up his act and how he wanted to help others.
“Walking back to our trailers that night, he gave me advice, which I will never forget. He told me how grateful he was to still be alive because of the drug related issues he had when he was younger.
“He was grateful to be alive, to help people with their own drug problems get better, through his own experience. That was what he wanted to do. That was Cory Monteith. An unaffected man considering his fame.”
Earlier this year Monteith had checked himself back into rehab admitting that his old addiction demons had resurfaced.
The cause of his death on Saturday is as yet unknown.
Damian said he was struggling to believe the news of his friend’s death - which had come as a “complete shock”.
“He was just one of life’s great guys. I am very proud to call him a friend. The world has lost a truly incredible human being.”