Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy has said that the cast of Glee will hold a memorial for Cory Monteith, who died last week from an overdose of heroin and alcohol at the age of 31.

In comments to Deadline Hollywood, Murphy described how the show would deal with Monteith's death.

“We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work,” Murphy said. “We will then do an episode that will deal with the death of Finn's character and follow that with a long hiatus. I don't know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying our best with this attempt at damage control.”

“We are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot,” he added.

Murphy added that the decision of when to return to work was made collectively by the cast and crew, specifically Lea Michele, Monteith's longtime girlfriend and co-star.

“Every possible option was explored, and what we did was look to the people who loved Cory, who worked with him most, and specifically Lea. This is what they wanted to do,” he said.

Murphy added that he was “very invested” in Monteith's sobriety.

“When I heard what was happening to him, I organized an intervention and got him into rehab last March. … [H]e felt like an older son to me.”