“Glee” star Cory Monteith died of a “mixed drug toxicity” involving heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia coroner’s office said Tuesday.
May 1982 – 13 July 2013
“At this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident. Mr. Monteith’s family has been made aware of the circumstances surrounding the death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
Cory Monteith, 31, was found dead Saturday in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room. He was believed to be alone when he died. It is reported that Cory was out with friends earlier, video and electronic records from the hotel confirm he returned to his room by himself early Saturday.
Cory was open about his struggle with addiction since he was a teen, calling it a serious problem and telling Parade magazine in 2011 he was “lucky to be alive.”
He admitted himself to a treatment facility in April for substance addiction and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time. He was also in rehab when he was 19.
“Glee” became an instant hit when it debuted in 2009. Monteith played Finn Hudson, the show’s resident hunk with a heart of gold. The Fox network and the producers of “Glee,” including 20th Century Fox Television, have called Monteith an exceptional performer “and an even more exceptional person.” Lea Michele, Cory’s “Glee” co-star and real-life girlfriend, has asked for privacy in the wake of his death.
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