Tragic News! ‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead in His Hotel Room (UPDATE: Cause of Death CONFIRMED)
UPDATE #1: The British Columbia coroner confirms that Cory Monteith’s cause of death is “mixed drug toxicity, involving primarily heroin and also alcohol.”
The office also said:
“It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a sad and most-tragic accident”
The Monteith family has been informed of the autopsy results.
Here’s a video coming from the BC coroner’s office:
UPDATE #2: Lea Michele has released a statement after the announcement of Monteith’s cause of death, obtained by PEOPLE magazine.
“Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them.”
“They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.”
The Tragic News
At 10:23 PM PDT on the 13th of July, Saturday, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the horrible news:
Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel Saturday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 31.
In a news conference, the Vancouver Police Department reported several details concerning the death of the actor (full statement at the end of the article):
- The Vancouver Police Department received a call shortly after noon regarding Monteith’s death.
- Monteith was found in his room at the 21st floor of the hotel he checked into on July 6. He was expected to check out on the 13th, but when he failed to do so at noon, the hotel staff went in to check in his room where his body was discovered.
- Police also revealed that Monteith was with other people on Friday, July 12th, but were unable to confirm their identities. A hotel footage shows him going back to his room in the early hours of Saturday, the day of his death. They believe he was alone when the actor died.
- Monteith has been dead several hours prior to his body’s discovery.
- Although no cause of death was reported, the police suspects no foul play.
- They scheduled an autopsy today, July 15th, Monday.
It was previously reported that the Glee actor admitted himself voluntarily to rehab for substance addiction in late March. He was released after a month. But that was not his first time being admitted to a treatment facility. He was checked into rehab when he was 19 years old.
Representatives for the actor has released a statement to THR:
“We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.”
Glee/FOX executive producers also said in a statement:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
Representatives for real-life girlfriend and fellow Glee star, Lea Michelle, told THR:
“We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”
Cory Monteith played as Finn Hudson, one of the main protagonists of the musical dramedy Glee, ever since it had its pilot episode in 2009. In Season 4, his character dealt with finding his true identity after graduating from high school. He stepped in for New Directions coach, Will Schuester when the latter left, but towards the end of the season, his character decided on studying to become a teacher. He was asked to come back for Season 5, scheduled to air this fall, as a series regular.
Here is Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson, leading the New Directions in singing a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin‘ in season one of Glee“:
Below is the full statement from Doug Lepard, Vancouver Police Chief:
“Shortly after noon Saturday, the Vancouver Police received a call from the BC Ambulance Service regarding a sudden death in a room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at 1038 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.
Police attended within minutes of the call and paramedics advised the man in the room was clearly deceased. Coroner’s staff did attend the scene.
The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith, who achieved great fame on the popular TV series Glee.
Before I give further information, on behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith. As was the case in countless homes, I watched Glee regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.
Mr. Monteith checked into the hotel in July 6th and was due to check out of the room today. There were others with Mr. Monteith in his room earlier last night, but video and fob key entries show him returning to his room by himself in the early morning hours and we believe he was alone when he died.
When he missed his checkout time, staff went to the room at noon and found his body.
We know there will be considerable interest in this case, and we have detectives assigned to the case who attended with our Forensic Identification Unit to examine the scene, to ensure to the extent possible that there are no unanswered questions.
Hotel video has been secured as well as room access records. Our investigators have spoken with hotel staff, who are providing the utmost in cooperation.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The Coroner will be determining the next steps with respect to establishing cause of death, but all indications are that there was no foul play.”
- Cory Monteith Dead: A Look Back At His Life In Pictures (hollywoodlife.com)
- ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead in hotel in Canada (fox43.com)
- The Passing of GLEE Star Cory Monteith (planetstereolive.wordpress.com)
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