July 15th, 2013
10:06 AM ET
"Glee" star Matthew Morrison soldiered on with a show in New York on Sunday with the death of Cory Monteith heavy on his mind.
The 34-year-old actor and singer was scheduled to perform at 54 Below, and according to the New York Times, he acknowledged the "awkward" difficulty of taking the stage.
“You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that’s what we’ll do," Morrison told the audience. "And we’ll do it in Cory’s honor.”
Morrison had worked alongside Monteith on the Fox comedy since 2009, playing the enthusiastic teacher Mr. Schuester to Monteith's lovable jock Finn. Along with the rest of the cast, Morrison was heartbroken over the loss of the actor, whose death has stunned Hollywood.
The 31-year-old's body was discovered by staff at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday.
As a tribute to Monteith, whom Morrison called his brother, the star changed his opening number and gave an a capella version of "What I Did For Love" from the musical "A Chorus Line," which was performed during "Glee's" second season.
Gwyneth Paltrow, too, has guest-starred on "Glee" as a teacher with singing skills, and said in a statement Sunday that she feels for the cast and crew of the series, especially Monteith's co-star and girlfriend, Lea Michele.
"Cory was a sweet and talented man," Paltrow said. "My heart breaks for Lea and the entire 'Glee' family."
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