NEW YORK -- "Glee" said goodbye to Finn, its beloved singer-quarterback, while paying tribute to Cory Monteith, the late actor who had portrayed him, in a highly anticipated episode of the Fox high school musical drama that aired Thursday.
Finn's death wasn't dramatized, nor was his funeral on-screen. The episode picked up some weeks after he had died and focused on how his passing affected his friends. The cause of his death was not disclosed.
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Just how "Glee" would handle Monteith's death had haunted the show, and its fans, since July when the 31-year-old star was found dead in a Canadian hotel room of an accidental alcohol and drug overdose.
Monteith had waged a public battle with substance abuse for years.
"Glee" now takes a several-week break as Fox airs baseball's World Series.