Without ever seeing an episode of the Fox teen dramedy Glee, I can say with certain that actor Cory Monteith died without dignity this weekend. Monteith had been a guest star on the show for over four years and died on Sunday of a drug overdose at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver.
Police say the actor had guests in his room Friday evening who he left with at some point, but they all eventually left his room and Monteith returned on his own in the early morning hours of Saturday. They believe Monteith was alone when he died of what is suspected to be a drug overdose, although the official cause of death is still currently unknown. That’s the case, pending an autopsy.
Now, I’d be lying if I said that this kid’s death is upsetting to me on a really personal level. I’ve never seen an episode of Glee and I never plan on watching one either. That being said, when I read about his death, I just couldn’t help but wonder if he was on Twiter and, if so, what his last tweet was in reference to.
It’s kind of ridiculous, but that’s just one of the things we Millennial/Gen Y types have to worry about these days that no other generation has ever had to consider. It’s a double-edged sword—technological advances are generally considered a good thing, but having your last works forever immortalized isn’t something that most people had to deal with even a few years ago.
Whereas the last words of Cory Monteith may be the only thing I ever know about him. Here’s what he said:
Can you even imagine if your last words in this world were in reference to the Syfy television movie Sharknado? If you can, that means you’re probably under the age of 30.
It’s a sad state of affairs, but a large portion of the population out there would rather have their 15 minutes of fame come from this kind of notoriety than nothing at all. Anyone who would rather be known for this, as opposed to nothing at all, is obviously a sad victim of a society that now says if everyone doesn’t know you exist…then you don’t exist at all.
I didn’t know who Cory Montelith was yesterday. Today I know he was an actor on a show that I never watched and his last words were about #SharkNado.