How does Finn die in Glee

“Glee” says goodbye to Finn without revealing how he died

RIP, Finn Hudson. “Glee” mourned the death of Cory Monteith's beloved Jock, who died on July 13 in the third episode of the Thursday season.

The 31-year-old actor's fatal heroin and alcohol overdose has been extensively covered, but Finn's cause of death was not revealed to viewers.

“That doesn't matter,” Kurt (Chris Colfer) pointed out in the episode entitled “The Quarterback,” which opened “three weeks a day” after Finn's funeral.

"Everyone wants to talk about how they died, but who cares?" asked Finn's grieving stepbrother. "A moment in his whole life - I'm more interested in how he lived."

While the Glee Club gathered at McKinley High to commemorate their beloved alum, one person was noticeably absent: Rachel Berry.

Lea Michele, Monteiths real friend, didn't show up for the first 45 minutes of the episode. When she arrived, the students banded together around his improvised memorial, it was more shocking than a slushie facial.

"Before Finn, I always sang alone," she told the Glee Club before delivering the episode's most poignant episode, Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love."

Nothing was more heartbreaking than when she said to Matthew Morrison's Mr. Schue, "He was my person."

Then she handed him a plaque she had made with a photo and a quote from her “not traditionally smart” friend that read, “The show has to go on. Everywhere ... or something like that. "

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And “Glee” did just that with its tribute, skillfully balancing heartbreak with humor and respect, from its opening number (the black-clad cast “Seasons of Love” from Broadway's “Rent”) to the closing scene: Will Schuester sobbed Emmas (Jayma Mays ) Arms.

Early on on the show, Mr Schue urged the happy clubbers to remind Finn "the only way we understand it - through singing."

Among those appearances was Mercedes (Amber Riley) rendition of The Pretenders “I'll stand by you” after they thanked the Sports Stud for “being the first cool kid to be nice to us”. Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Artie (Kevin McHale) played a duo of James Taylor's “Fire & Rain”, Puck (Mark Salling) played his guitar to Bruce Springsteen's “No Surrender”.

And Santana (Naya Rivera) sang most of The Band Perry's “If I Die Young” - before she fled the classroom screaming and screaming.

She also hit out Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), calling the new director (!) A "cold hearted b -" before shoving her into a cabinet.

Sue was characteristically insensitive to Finn's death - at first. “I mourn. And I mourn by insulting those who mean the most to me, ”she said.

She also mocked the student monuments, saying, "We honor Finn Hudson by ... not making a selfish show of our own sadness."

Kurt's memorial - planting a tree - was vandalized by Puck, who was also accused of pulling Finn's letterman jacket. (One of the episode's biggest tear glands was Kurt, who said that Finn walking down his aisle in that jacket "was like Superman had arrived.")

The real culprit, of course, was Mr Schue, who until the last scene of the episode hadn't shed a tear since learning of Finn's death.

But he made up for it in the end, crying as he clutched Finn's jacket, the symbol of a shining star that darkened far too soon.