Charice mourns Cory Monteith on CNN
MANILA, Philippines - "My body felt cold when I learned about his death. Too soon, too early, too young," said Charice Pempengco in an article she wrote for CNN.com about "Glee" star Cory Monteith who was found dead in Vancouver on July 13 (July 14 in Manila).
The 21-year-old Filipina singing sensation met Monteith on the set of "Glee" where she starred as Sunshine Corazon, a recurring character in the show's second season.
The article, labelled a "special to CNN," was posted on July 22 with the title, "'Glee' star: Why I'll miss Mr Cool, Cory Monteith."
In it, Pempengco shared that the "defining moment" of their friendship was when Monteith was the first to greet her on her birthday in the middle of a tiring "Glee" shoot after Googling her name.
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"I never thanked Cory enough for that one moment in time when he made me feel like family. I never thanked him enough for making me happy on that lonely day," she wrote.
Pempengco likened Monteith to his "Glee" character.
"Like his character Finn Hudson, Cory was so cool that everything seemed alright with him."
Pempengco also gave voice to the Filipinos who mourn Monteith's passing.
"Cory has many fans in the Philippines. In my silence, I mourn with so many of them."
Despite the tragedy, Pempengco found reason to hope: "I am confident he's singing with the angels now." - With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com