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Glee star Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver hotel room

He was 31 years old.

Cory Monteith arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on 27 January this year.
Cory Monteith arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on 27 January this year.
Image: Jordan Strauss/AP/Press Association Images

HOLLYWOOD ACTOR CORY Monteith has died.

He was 31 years old.

Police in Vancouver, Canada have confirmed that the Glee star was found dead at a room in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel just after noon (local time) yesterday.

In a statement issued, acting police chief Doug LePard said Monteith had checked into the downtown hotel on 6 July and was due to leave on Saturday.

“There were others with Monteith in his room earlier last night [Friday], 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,” he revealed.

“When he missed his check-out time, staff went to the room at noon and found his body.”

It is believed that he may have died of a drug overdose but no cause of death has been confirmed. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday but “all indications are that there was no foul play”, according to officials. An investigation has got underway and all hotel video and room access record have been secured by police.

Speaking about Monteith’s role as the popular Finn on Glee, LePar said:

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.

Struggles

The 31-year-old has been open about his struggle with substance abuse in the past, and he last checked into rehab in April.

In 2011, he told Parade magazine that he was “lucky to be alive” after years of taking “anything and everything”.

He shot to fame in 2009 when Glee became an instant hit with global audiences. He had been dating co-star Lea Michele, and the pair made countless appearances on the red carpet together.

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