While Matthew Morrison has yet to address the death of Cory Monteith on social media over the course of the past 18 or so hours since his passing, the actor behind Cory’s on-screen teacher Will Schuester still found his own way to pay tribute to him Sunday during an emotional concert at 54 Below in New York City on Sunday.
According to an Us Weekly source, Morrison addressed the issue by saying that they had “lost a great man” and a “beautiful person” in Monteith, and that he wanted to honor him in the best way that he could. He reportedly said “you came out to see a show, I came out to do one, so let’s honor Cory with this performance” before leading into “What I Did For Love,” a classic Broadway number that “Glee” covered during its second season. The source claims that while Morrison gave the performance, it was clearly not easy for him to do so:
“He was very emotional on stage … It was difficult for him to get up to perform, but he did not want to disappoint anyone.”
Matthew is one of the handful of actors who has been a series regular on “Glee” from the very beginning with Cory, and the two have had a bond courtesy of all the time they spent together on set. Even this year, most of their best work came together this spring as Will and Finn had a falling out over the recent McKinley graduate kissing Emma once before Will was set to marry her.
While Morrison’s cover from the show is not available at this time, you can hear Lea Michele’s performance of the track from “Glee” below. Meanwhile, to read more on this tragedy, including comments from many “Glee” stars and our own personal video about Monteith’s legacy, be sure to head on over to the link here.