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Monteith family asks for charity donations in actor's memory

COQUITLAM (NEWS1130) – The family of 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith has asked that donations in his name be made to three charities, including one in Vancouver.

Project Limelight, a theater group for at-risk youth, is based on the city’s Downtown Eastside.  It was a project close the Glee star’s heart — he said he supported it because he found much-needed direction just when he was discovering acting and he wanted others to have the same experience.

The organization isn’t doing any media interviews right now but has released a statement.

“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected death of our good friend, Cory Monteith.  Cory was an amazing young man with a generous heart. He has been a supporter of Project Limelight Society from the very beginning, and will always be an important part of our story.

Our heart goes out to his family, close friends and fans.  Cory will be dearly missed.

Project Limelight Society has been selected by Cory Monteith’s friends and family as one of three charities to receive donations in his memory.”

Yesterday, the coroners service says the actor died of a combination of overdose of heroin and alcohol.  Vancouver Police have closed their portion of the investigation.

Meantime, it looks like there won’t be a public funeral for Montieth.  TMZ is reporting the 31-year-old was cremated yesterday in Vancouver, following a private ceremony with his family and girlfriend Lea Michele.  Instead, there will be a candlelight vigil outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver on Friday evening.