Harry Shum, Instagram, Cory Monteith

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In the wake of Cory Monteith's death, Glee's Harry Shum shared his thoughts for the first time about his late co-star.

"This is how I remember him. Kindhearted. Incredibly funny. Extremely passionate," Shum posted on Instagram Friday, along with a photo collage of Monteith smiling, playing drums and messing around with a co-star's hair. 

Monteith was found dead Saturday in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver after he missed his checkout time.

A coroner later reported Tuesday that the 31-year-old actor died of an overdose, with heroin and alcohol among the substances found in his system.

"This was an overdose and a tragic accident," Vancouver Police Department spokesman Brian Montague said at a press conference following the release of the autopsy results.

Monteith had talked candidly in the past about his ongoing battle with substance abuse, telling Parade, "I'm lucky to be alive. I had a serious problem." 

Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Glee

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A source told E! News Monteith, who recently spent about a month in rehab, was "super committed to getting sober," adding, "He would say this was his last chance."

According to TMZ, the actor was cremated at the request of his mother Ann, and a private viewing was reportedly held with his mom, girlfriend Lea Michele, and brother Shaun.

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