Cory Monteith Dead; Glee Star Was 31
First Published: July 14, 2013 3:03 AM EDT Credit: Getty Images
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- “Glee” star Cory Monteith has died, police in Vancouver confirmed late Saturday.
Monteith was 31.
The actor – who found fame as Finn Hudson on Fox’s “Glee” – was found in a hotel room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver on Saturday afternoon, police announced.
Police and paramedics responded to the scene, where Monteith was pronounced dead.
“Mr. Monteith checked into the hotel [on] July 6 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,” Vancouver acting police chief Doug LePard said on Saturday. “When he missed his check-out time, staff went to the room at noon and found his body.”
An autopsy on the actor is scheduled for Monday. However, police have said no foul play is suspected in Monteith’s death.
A rep for Monteith told Access Hollywood late Saturday night the reports were “accurate,” adding, “We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.”
Upon hearing the news, Fox issued a statement on behalf of the network and “Glee” executive producers.
“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,” the statement to Access Hollywood said.
In late March, Monteith voluntarily entered a rehab program for help with substance addiction, the actor’s rep announced in a statement at the time.
Following his stint in rehab, Monteith took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support.
“Sending out big love to everyone. Thank you for the continued support!” he Tweeted on April 28. “It means the world to me! :)”
Monteith made his first post-rehab red carpet appearance in early June, at the 12th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles, with girlfriend (and fellow “Glee” star) Lea Michele by his side.
Two years prior to entering rehab, Monteith opened up in a candid interview with Parade magazine about his past substance abuse problems.
“I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive,” he told Parade in June 2011.
“I burned a lot of bridges. I was out of control,” he told the mag, before adding that his drug use included “anything and everything, as much as possible.”
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