Matthew Morrison paid tribute to his Glee co-star Cory Monteith with an emotional performance on stage yesterday, just a day after the actor's tragic death.
31-year-old Cory was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday after he failed to check out as planned. No official cause for the young star's death has been released, with an autopsy thought to be taking place today.
Whilst celebrities paid tribute to on Twitter yesterday Matthew, who plays Cory's teacher Will Schuester on Glee, took to the stage as planned for his gig in New York.
The star opened his 54 Below show with an emotional tribute to his friend, admitting to the audience that it was "awkward" to be performing so soon after the death of the actor whom he described as his "brother".
Matthew Morrison has paid tribute to his Glee co-star Cory Monteith following the actor's death (WENN)
Matthew seemed determined that the show must go on despite the tragic news, announcing to his audience: "You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that's what we'll do. And we'll do it in Cory's honour," the New York Times report.
After offering his condolences to Cory's family and girlfriend Lea Michele, Matthew is said to have given a peace salute before performing the song 'What I did for Love' in an a capella performance.
A source has revealed to Us Weekly that "it was very difficult for him to perform, but he did not want to disappoint anyone."
Cory Monteith died in a hotel room in Vancouver (Dave Bedrosian/Future Image/WENN.comWENN)
Meanwhile Cory's other Glee co-stars have been expressing their shock on twitter with Mark Salling, who plays Puck on the show, simply tweeting the word "no".
Iqbal Theba, who plays Principal Figgins, wrote: "OMG!! My Cory …"
Cory's on and off screen girlfriend Lea Michele has released a statement asking for privacy during "this devastating time."