How to talk to your child about a celebrity death

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July 16, 2013, 9:02 am
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(NECN) - Tuesday morning we could get answers about what killed Glee actor Cory Monteith.
The autopsy is complete and initial results could come Tuesday, but results of a toxicology test could take days, even weeks.
Montheith played Finn Hudson on Glee, a central character who dated his on screen girlfriend in real life.
Many young fans may have a hard time dealing with the death and separating the actor from his character.
How should you approach the topic of an actor’s death with your child?

Dr. David Langer, research assistant professor of psychology and the clinical director and co-director of Research for Child Program at Boston University's Center for Anxiety joined NECN with advice.

He said he thinks it’s a good thing to bring it up. With social media, it’s likely that the child already knows much about it.

Langer said that Montheith had a significant impact on fans with his interactions over social media, so many felt attached to him and the character.

Watch the attached video for more.

Tags: death, children, Glee, actor, Cory Monteith
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