First Look: Cory Monteith tribute episode poster

Glee has released the official image for its Cory Monteith tribute episode, set to air October 10.

The black-and-white image is a simple but emotive photo of the late actor, alongside text that reads, "The hardest word to say is goodbye."

Screenwriter Ryan Murphy posted the photograph on his Twitter account on Thursday



Glee kicked off it's fifth season last night with an episode called "Love, Love, Love." The tribute episode -- titled "Quarterback" -- will air in three weeks, and will remember Cory's character Finn Hudson as well as deal with issues of drug abuse.

Actress Lea Michele had been paying her own tribute to her late boyfriend by wearing a Cory necklace since his death, but recently uploaded a photo to her Instagram account wearing a "Finn" chain instead. 

Cory had been battling drug addiction since he was a teenager. He passed away in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13 after taking a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. He was 31.

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