TV musical comedy series Glee bade farewell to its much-loved character Finn Hudson, played by the late Cory Monteith, with tearful tributes of songs and remembrance.
Monteith, 31, died in July after an accidental drug overdose, although the Glee tribute on Fox television avoided questions over his death.
In an episode called The Quarterback, the writers, who often look into serious topics, gave no cause of death for his character and chose not to send a message to viewers on the dangers of drug abuse.
Glee actress Jane Lynch said: "Our friend Cory didn't look or act like an addict. He was happy, successful and seemingly had it all."
A used needle, a spoon with drug residue and two empty champagne bottles were found in the hotel room Glee actor Cory Monteith died in, a coroner's report said.
Glee actor Cory Monteith died from mixing champagne and heroin, a coroner has ruled.
A "spoon with drug residue", a used needle and two empty champagne bottles were found in the 31-year-old's hotel room in Vancouver.
The Canadian star, who played Finn Hudson in the hit show, was found dead on July 13 and had a history of drug use.
High school hit series Glee returned for its fifth season, with a subtle, sad reminder of late cast member Cory Monteith in the opening episode.
Lea Michele's character, Rachel, glances at a photo on her mobile phone - a group shot of her old school glee club pals, including Monteith's Finn. Rachel is heard singing the melancholy Beatles tune Yesterday.
Monteith, 31, died in July of a drug and alcohol overdose. His off-screen relationship with Michele mirrored their characters' on-screen romance.
The new season of Glee began on Wednesday with the first episode of a two-part salute to the Beatles. A tribute to Monteith is planned for episode three, to be shown on October 10.
Glee actress Lea Michele has broken her silence after the death of her co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith to thank fans for their support on Twitter.
The actress tweeted a picture of the couple together with the message: "Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support.
"Cory will forever be in my heart, she added.
The actor, 31, was found dead in his room at hotel in Vancouver on July 13. A post mortem later revealed he died of a heroin and alcohol overdose.
Glee's executive producer is planning a tribute episode to honour star Cory Monteith, who died last weekend.
Ryan Murphy told E! News it would address the death of Finn Hudson, Monteith's character on the hit show.
The tribute will be the third episode of the new series of Glee, which will begin on 26 September in the US.
Murphy said the series would go on a hiatus to reassess its direction.
Production will be delayed on the next series of Glee due to the death of star Cory Monteith, Fox has announced.
Fox said in a statement that the show will go into production in early August and will be aired in the US on 26 September.
Monteith's body was found last weekend in a hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. He died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
It is not yet known how the fifth season of Glee will deal with Monteith's death. His character, Finn Hudson, had graduated from the high school where Glee is set, but remained part of the show.
Glee star Cory Monteith, 31, died as a result of a "sad and tragic" drug and alcohol overdose, authorities confirmed.
British Columbia coroner Barbara McLintock said there was no evidence to suggest the overdose was deliberate.