‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Dead at 31
Cory Monteith, a star of the Fox series Glee, was found dead in Vancouver on Saturday, police in Vancouver have confirmed. The Los Angeles Times reports that the body of the 31-year-old actor was discovered by staff at the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel shortly after noon when he missed his check-out time.
Although a cause of death has not yet been determined, Vancouver Police acting Chief Constable Doug LePard said that foul play has been ruled out. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
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Monteith had checked himself into treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in March, and spoke frankly about his longtime struggles with substance abuse. In a 2011 interview with Parade, he said that he had first entered rehab at the age of 19. His girlfriend and co-star Lea Michelle released a statement when he went into rehab in the spring saying “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this . . . I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
Monteith had been a popular fixture on Glee since the show started in 2009. In 2011, his portrayal of quarterback-turned-singer Finn Hudson won him a Teen Choice Award for top actor in a comedy, and the whole cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble work in a comedy in 2010.