It has been confirmed that 31-year old Cory Monteith died Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in downtown Vancouver. He was found in his room on the 21st floor by staff members after he missed his checkout time.
His publicist, Melissa Kates told USA Today, “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.”
Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on Fox’s hit Glee, had struggled with drugs for years and had recently finished up a rehab program in April.
Vancouver Acting Police Chief Doug LePard says, “The Coroner will be determining the next steps with respect to establishing cause of death, but all indications are that there was no foul play.” While it is said to have been an overdose, an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele had been by the actor’s side since 2011. Back in April, she told People, “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.” The two were last seen together publicly June 8.
Twitter has been overflowing with love for Monteith. Glee frequent director Adam Shankman wrote, “”The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much…”
Others, however, are not taking the news so lightly. Co-star and friend Mark Saling simply tweeted, “No.”
We mourn the loss of one of Hollywood’s greatest. If you or someone you know has a drug problem, get help before it’s too late.