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Cory Monteith's mam says she often imagines her late son is still living in LA

It’s been five years since his death.

LAST FRIDAY MARKED the 5th anniversary of the death of actor Cory Monteith, who passed away at the age of 31 in 2013.

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The Glee actor, who battled drug addiction, was dating his Glee co-star, Lea Michele, at the time of his passing, and this week Cory’s mother recalls the moment his son’s girlfriend broke the news of his untimely death.

Speaking to People, Ann McGregor said:

I got a call from Lea and she was screaming on the phone. She was yelling, “Is it true, is it true about Cory?” and I said, “What about Cory? ” And then police knocked on my front door. I went into a state of numbness. I just shut off all emotions, and I was numb.

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Ann tells the publication that Cory’s drug problems started during his teenage years, and he entered rehab at the age of 15, before entering again just four years later.

I realised that rehab is not the answer. You have to get these children before they get into that stuff. I never had the power to stop him.

Ann feels that Cory’s innate vulnerability played a part in the addictions he battled from adolescence until his death.

He was a very vulnerable young man all the way through his life. I raised him to be honest and open and I raised him with love. But I did not teach him about the other side of the world. There’s a bad side out there.

Cory’s mother went on to explain that she often allowed herself to imagine her son was still living and working in California – an attempt to protect herself from the enormity of her grief.

I knew it was real, but there were times when I could lie to myself and say, “He’s in L.A., he’ll call me soon.” I’m still always hanging on edge.

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Elaborating on her loss, she added:

When you lose someone who is such a big part of you, you lose all purpose for living. A part of me died when Cory did. My world stopped and I didn’t think I’d ever get up from it.

Lea Michele, who is engaged to Zandy Reich, pays tribute to her former partner and co-star on his anniversary every year.

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