After keeping mum since Cory Monteith's death, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has started opening up about the show's plans to pay tribute to a star who lost his life too soon.

Ryan sat down with Deadline and told them:

At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’”

Ryan says that the tribute show will start shooting this week and he expects it to be really tough for a lot of people. “I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve,” he said. “We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”

There’s no word on when the tribute show will air.

I haven't watched Glee in a couple of years because of having to go to bed early to get up for the morning show, but what I remember about Glee is that they never were afraid to discuss the difficult topics. However, I'm glad that they don't plan to show Finn dying of an overdose because that wasn't the type of person Finn was on the show.  I think Ryan Murphy and the cast realize that a real life human being is gone and that it's a tragedy that shouldn't be capitalized on. I have a feeling the Cory tribute will say what needs to be said in a very tactful way and as Ryan said, it will be a celebration of a life that was.