Cory Monteith Glee Star Died of Substance Abuse?

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Cory Monteith, 31 was found dead by a staff member at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, in Vancouver, Saturday, July 13, 2013, acting Chief Constable Doug LePard told reporters in a news conference. Monteith was expected to check out at noon, July 13, but when he missed his checkout time, the hotel staff went to his room and found him apparently deceased.

Monteith played Finn Hudson a heart throb in the hit “Glee” since 2009 where he played the Ohio high school football quarterback who was forced to join the glee club. He comes back to town after graduation, and helps direct the school’s music club. Off the screen, he is dating his Glee co-star Lea Michelle.

Monteith checked in the hotel on July 6, and apparently had a few people in his room last Friday night. However, as recorded on hotel surveillance video, he was seen returning to his room early Saturday morning by himself.

Adam Shankman, who directed an episode for each of the past three seasons, told CNN’s Poppy Harlow that he had talked to Monteith on Saturday morning. The actor said he wanted to come down to California to Jet Ski.

Shankman was confused and devastated because he had several interactions with Monteith on Friday when he said he was feeling fantastic and doing amazingly well.

Shankman said Monteith was the glue of “Glee.” He was always welcoming, whether it was to a guest director or a new cast member, Shankman said.

Monteith has been struggling with substance abuse admitting that he began using drugs at 13. His mother and friends intervened when he was 19 and he went into rehab, as told Parade Magazine in 2011. In March this year, he checked into a drug addiction facility treatment and spent time in rehab earlier this year.

Cory Monteith won top actor in a comedy in a Teen Choice Award in 2011, after the show’s cast won the previous year’s Screen Actors Guild Award for an ensemble in a comedy.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Cory Monteith was in three post-production projects, and one of those movies was entitled “All The Wrong Reasons.”

Vancouver police said in a news conference yesterday that Monteith was found on the 21st floor of the hotel.  They ruled out foul play, but the cause of death will only be confirmed after the autopsy scheduled on Monday.

“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,” his publicist, Melissa Kates, confirmed to USA TODAY.

Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas

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