Cory Monteith As soon as Flew to Vegas to Shock Naya on Her Birthday


Mates eternally. Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera had a particular sort of bond whereas they labored collectively on Glee, in keeping with the late actress’ former publicist, Zack Teperman.

“It simply breaks my coronary heart,” Teperman, who labored with Rivera from 2009 to 2013 earlier than founding ZTPR, instructed Us Weekly solely on Monday, July 13. “Certainly one of her birthday events, we’re in Vegas and Cory actually needed to be there. I bear in mind it was Naya, Heather [Morris], Amber [Riley] … We have been all partying and out of nowhere we bought a name that Cory, he was filming one thing in L.A. I don’t know what he was doing, however he needed to be there for Naya on her birthday, simply as a good friend.”

Teperman recalled Monteith, who died of an overdose in 2013, flying to fulfill the group in Vegas and renting “his personal penthouse suite” for the birthday lady.

“He stated, ‘Naya, that is for you,’” the publicist added. “Everyone was within the room having a superb time. … He needed to be there and needed to do this in individual for her and for everyone else, as a result of there was a lot love there between everyone and simply that signal of anyone flying, taking time — he paid his personal flights, paid for the room, all the pieces — simply in order that approach she might have an much more particular birthday.”

Cory Monteith Once Surprised Naya Rivera on Her Birthday in Vegas
Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera in 2011 Kamil Krzaczynski/

Rivera was reported lacking on July eight after a boating journey on Lake Piru in California. 5 days later, authorities recovered her physique from the water and she or he was confirmed useless at age 33. She was discovered on the seventh anniversary of Monteith’s passing.

Shortly after information of the Step Up: Excessive Water actress’ tragic demise made headlines, tributes from her Glee costars and different celebrities got here speeding in. On Tuesday, July 14, Monteith’s mom admitted she was “really heartbroken” to listen to of one other glee membership member’s life being reduce brief.

“For the final 7 years, the 13th of July has shattered our hearts past restore,” Ann McGregor wrote by way of Instagram alongside images of her son and Rivera collectively. “There aren’t sufficient phrases to explain the ache we’re feeling, we’re really heartbroken on the lack of @nayarivera.”

McGregor at present runs a social media account devoted to preserving her son’s legacy alive and famous that the actor was “in awe” of Rivera’s “unbelievable expertise” throughout their six seasons on Glee.

“Naya, Cory liked you so a lot. He cherished your friendship greater than you’ll ever know. From the laughs you shared, to the energy you gave him when he wanted it essentially the most. Cory really adored you,” she wrote. “You as soon as stated Cory was like a member of your loved ones; you’ll all the time be part of ours. We’ll carry you in our hearts eternally. We miss you. Mates reunited for eternity. We ship all our love and energy to your lovely boy, your loved ones, pals and followers.”

With reporting by Marc Lupo

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