Tributes paid to Glee actor Cory Monteith

Tributes paid to Glee actor Cory Monteith

Tributes have been flooding in for Glee star Cory Monteith following his sudden death at the age of 31.

The Canadian actor, who played Finn Hudson on the hit US show, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday after missing his check-out.

Among those paying tribute were the Fox TV network - who produces the show - who said in a statement they were 'deeply saddened' by the news.

"Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person," the statement added.

"He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."

Others who made their feelings known on Twitter included singer Taylor Swift - who briefly dated the actor - and chart-topper Rihanna.

Taylor said she was  "Speechless...And for the worst reason," while Rihanna tweeted "Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels... Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!"

Tributes also came from some of the show's guest stars, including actor Neil Patrick Harris, who said: "He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed."

Kristen Chenowith - who also guest starred on Glee - added: "RIP Cory Monteith, you will be loved. Always."

Meanwhile One Direction's Niall Horan paid tribute to the actor, calling him 'a super nice guy' while singer Demi Lovato described the news as 'unbelievably tragic'.

No cause of death has been confirmed, with a post-mortem due to take place on Monday.

Cory had openly admitted to battling substance abuse problems as a teenager - spending time in rehab.

He returned to rehab for further treatment earlier this year, with his girlfriend - Glee co-star Lea Michele - saying she was proud of him for seeking help.

The actress's representative later said in a statement: "We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time."