But probably no one will feel the loss as much as the young actor's 26-year-old girlfriend of two years and "Glee" co-star, Lea Michele.

After being best buds on the "Glee" set since the show's premiere in 2009, the pair finally started dating two years later and never looked back.

He just stared at her with puppy-dog eyes." Michele split from Theo Stockman in September and rumors of a romance with her fellow Fox actor first started in November.

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After an intervention by family and friends he entered drug rehabilitation at age 19.

In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, he discussed his history of substance abuse as a teen, and in March 2013, he again sought treatment for addiction.

podcast on Tuesday and discussed the social media backlash from fans she's gone through since starting a relationship with her current boyfriend Matthew Paetz about a year after Monteith's 2013 death.

Lea Michele Talks Being Vulnerable With Ryan Murphy, Embracing Her ' Very Ethnic Look'"I love my fans.

He also is very respectful for the person that I was with.

And that again is something that I love so much about him and I really know that Cory would love him too."Listen to the full interview here.Payne-James said: "Cory was tragically unaware that his central nervous systems was already compromised because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed throughout the evening."Within seconds after injecting the heroin the effects of these two drugs combined to suppress his ability to breathe.As his breathing slows his heart has a much more difficult time pumping oxygen around his blood."Ultimately it was the alcohol and heroin in combination that killed him and not the heroin in isolation."However, it was actually his effort to get rid of his "inner demons" and get off the drugs that helped cause his death. Payne-James explained that there was a "tragic irony" that the risk of a drug overdose dramatically increases in the first few months after leaving rehab.They're incredible and they were really a part of my whole story and my whole journey with me, so I do come from a place of understanding, but it's also really hard," she said."You know, every time I post a picture, then it's just a landslide of comments that talk about my past and bring that up rather than projecting positivity." She went on, "And even though, you know, I don't think anyone is really projecting hate -- it is positive, it's nothing so, so terrible -- but at the end of the day, we have to remember that what we put out there, it manifests and it creates energy and you should want to be the person that chooses to take that second to do something positive." Lea Michele Remembers Cory Monteith on 2 Year Anniversary of His Death Michele and Paetz have been dating since they met on the set of her "On My Way" music video in April, 2014, and she said he has been very supportive of her past and respectful to Monteith's memory."I have to say that is honestly what I love so much about Matt," she said.