‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith was found dead on Saturday in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver.
A rep for the 31-year-old actor released this statement, “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.”
Vancouver police report that the actor was out Friday night with friends and that he returned alone to his 21st floor room early Saturday morning.
Police Chief Doug LePard confirmed, “There were others with Mr. Monteith in his room earlier (Friday) 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.”
A death investigation is underway with an autopsy set for Monday. Foul play is not suspected.
Cory checked into the hotel on July 6 and was set to check out Saturday. Chief LePard said, “When he missed his check-out time, staff went to the room at noon and found his body.”
“We know there will be considerable interest in this case, and we have detectives assigned to the case who attended with our Forensic Identification Unit to examine the scene, to ensure to the extent possible that there are no unanswered questions,”
“Hotel video has been secured as well as room access records. Our investigators have spoken with hotel staff, who are providing the utmost in cooperation.”
LePard added some personal comments at the end of his statement, “On behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, cast-mates 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.”
Cory’s big break came in 2009 when he was cast as Finn Hudson in the popular Fox series. At the time of his death, Monteith was in a relationship with his ‘Glee’ co-star, actress Lea Michele.
Monteith struggled with substance abuse, and checked himself into a treatment facility in March, completing his program on April 26, 2013. He previously sought help a decade earlier for similar issues.
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