Cory Monteith, Vancouver Memorial


Following Cory Monteith's tragic death, his fans and loved ones gathered in Vancouver, Canada, to pay tribute to the late star.

Hundreds of people were in attendance at the memorial vigil held Friday night outside of the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver—the same hotel where the Glee star was found dead in his room July 13.

Richard Monteith, Cory Monteith, Vancouver Memorial

Maran Bahman

During the vigil, which lasted about three hours, fans signed balloons dedicated to the 31-year-old actor and released them into the air. They also lit candles and sang songs from Glee

Lots of parents were also on hand to express their gratitude for the ways that Monteith inspired and helped their children deal with personal issues.

Towards the end of the vigil, Richard Monteith, Cory's cousin, played the guitar and sung a song in tribute to him.

Fan Karleigh Walker, who organized the event, told E! News, "He inspired us all. He touched everyone. Someway, somehow clearly by how many people are here."  

She put together the vigil after seeing so many fans dropping off flowers and memorabilia outside of the hotel.

Fans--many of them crying throughout the event--told stories of how Monteith affected their lives, with one fan telling E! News, "He inspired me so much to be better than I am. If I can even be half the person he was, I would have the most wonderful life."

This is just the latest tribute for Monteith, following his death. 

Richard Monteith, Cory Monteith, Vancouver Memorial

Maran Bahman

Fans from all over the world have mourned his passing, sharing their condolences with collages, notes and more.

Just days after Monteith's death, the British Columbia Coroners Service revealed that an autopsy and toxicity screening showed that the actor died of an overdose, referred to as mixed drug toxicity, with heroin and alcohol among the substances found in his body.

His remains have reportedly since been cremated at his mother's request.

Reps for Monteith's girlfriend, Lea Michele, released a statement Tuesday saying that she "has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together."

—Reporting by Maral Bahman and Kevin Zelman

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