Entertainment TV Cory Monteith's 'Glee' Costars Send Touching Tributes on the Third Anniversary of His Death Former Glee stars have shared special tributes for the late Monteith on Wednesday By Brittany King Published on July 13, 2016 03:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Michael Kovac/WireImage Wednesday marks three years to the day since Glee star Cory Monteith unexpectedly died at the age of 31, and his costars are honoring their friend with solemn, poignant tributes on social media. Naya Rivera, 29, Kevin McHale, 28, and Matthew Morrison, 37, started the wave of support for the actor, who played Finn Hudson on the musical dramedy from 2009 13. Though Monteith’s ex and costar Lea Michele also shared a message on Instagram for her former love about his passing,”We may not have gotten to share a lifetime together.. But the memories.. they’re the best of my life.. Love you Cory.” She also shared a message on Twitter that read, “I know everyday you’re watching over me, and smiling. Love and miss you Cory, everyday, but today a little more.” In April, she commemorated him by getting a tattoo of the number 5, a nod to Finn’s jersey number on Glee.