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TODAY   |  July 19, 2013

Charity head: Cory Monteith’s death ‘a terrible shock’

Maureen Webb, who runs Project Limelight, a nonprofit theater group for children in Vancouver, talks about the last time she saw Cory Monteith, saying he “looked fantastic” shortly before his death. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> more on glee star cory monteith who spent his final days trying to help those less fortunate. katie is in vancouver with more. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. it's been nearly a week since his tragic death and those that knew him are trying to turn that tajhdy into a positive legacy. we spoke with one of his personal charities and the codirector of which who is also one of the last people to see him alive.

>> i was fortunate to have the arts inspire me. and that's one of the most important things about project limelight.

>> the details around cory monteith 's final days remain unclear but days before he died he chose to meet with a charity he hoped could change a life and a woman that helped change his.

>> it was a terrible shock and my art aches for his family.

>> she runs project limelight, a nonprofit theater group that helps 8 to 15 year olds from vancouver's downtown east side . she first met monteith during some of his darkest times and was one of the first to urge him into acting. now she is one of the last people to see ham liim alive.

>> he looked fantastic. i told him. he was energetic.

>> meanwhile, monteith's glee costars including real life girlfriend lea michelle are trying to figure out how to fill the hole he left behind on and off screen.

>> completely distraught and in shock. the "glee" cast is staying away and giving her her space to process this and deal with it in her own way.

>> a tragic end to his life at a time when he was working with others to improve theirs.

>> i think kids really need a place to go and feel like they belong.

>> project limelight meant so much to monteith that his family has chosen it as one of three charities to receive funds in his honor.

>> katie, thank you. a new