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While some of Cory Monteith‘s Glee co-stars have tweeted their condolences and their shock about the news of his sudden death early Sunday morning, an official statement hasn’t come until now. Here’s the statement that Naya Rivera, who plays Santana Lopez on the Fox show, has just released to The Hollywood Reporter:

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“The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone’s well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated.”

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No word has come yet from Lea Michele herself, though her rep has released a statement requesting privacy for Lea during this “devastating time.”

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What do you think of Naya’s statement? Do you think other Glee stars will follow suit and release their own soon? Tweet us @OKMagazine!

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