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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Cory Monteith, the handsome young
actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series "Glee" but was beset by
addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be
alive, was found dead in a hotel room, police said. He was 31.
The Canadian-born Monteith, who played star quarterback-turned-singer
Finn Hudson on the Fox TV series about a high school glee club, was
found dead in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim
Hotel on Vancouver's waterfront at about noon Saturday, according to
Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said there was no indication of foul play.
Vancouver police said Sunday that an autopsy is expected to take place on Monday to determine the cause of death.
Monteith's body was found by hotel staff who entered his room after
he missed his check-out time, LePard said. Monteith had checked into the
hotel on July 6.
"We do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death,"
said British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe. She said further
tests would be needed to determine how Monteith died.
"The exact nature of those examinations will depend on investigative
findings within the next day or two as information is gathered from
medical records and discussions with family take place," she said.
LePard said Monteith had been out with people earlier and that those people are being interviewed.
Video and electronic records from the hotel indicate Monteith
returned to his room by himself early Saturday morning, and he was
believed to be alone when he died, LePard said.
Lapointe said he had been dead for several hours by the time his body was found.
Lea Michele, Monteith's "Glee" co-star and real-life girlfriend, was
asking for privacy after receiving news of his death, said her
representative, Molly Kawachi of ID-PR .
"We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this
devastating time," Kawachi said in in an email to The Associated Press.
Other "Glee" cast members and fellow celebrities took to Twitter to express their feelings after news of Monteith's death broke.
"I have no words! My heart is broken," Dot-Marie Jones, who plays
football coach Shannon Beiste on "Glee," said in a post on her Twitter
account Saturday night. She called Monteith a "hell of a friend" and an
Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson, the cheerleader with Down
Syndrome on "Glee," tweeted that she feels "totally heartbroken right
"I love Cory so much this hurts my heart," she wrote. "I hope my Glee
family is OK right now. I love them all. Cory was always so nice to me.
I have so many good memories."
"What an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man," tweeted Zooey Deschanel, star of another Fox show, "New Girl."
Fox and the producers of "Glee," including 20th Century Fox
Television, called him an exceptional performer "and an even more
exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss
"We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss," his representatives
at Viewpoint Public Relations in Los Angeles said in a statement.
In April, Monteith admitted himself to a treatment facility for
"substance addiction" and asked for privacy as he took steps toward
recovery, a representative said at the time.
Michele told People magazine at the time that she loved and supported him and was proud he was seeking help.
It was not Monteith's first time in rehab. He received treatment when
he was 19 and had previously talked about his addiction struggles,
saying he had a serious problem and took just "anything and everything."
He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was "lucky to be alive."
Monteith, who turned 31 on May 11, starred in "Glee" as a high school
football player who puts his status and popularity at risk to join the
glee club and its outcast members.
The show, with its pop music-based song-and-dance numbers and
high-profile guest stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, became an immediate
hit and made stars of its relatively unknown cast.
The series, which debuted in 2009, is in its fourth season.
On his Twitter account, Monteith described himself as "tall, awkward, canadian, actor, drummer, person."
In a 2010 interview with The Associated Press, Monteith was upbeat
about life. He said that if "Glee" were to be canceled he would be OK.
"I've never been afraid of working," he said. "I've never been afraid
of auditioning for jobs. Obviously, I've never been afraid of
anonymity. I was happy (before 'Glee'). I'm happy now. I guess I'm well
Monteith was among the "Glee" actors who remained series regulars as
their characters graduated high school and moved on to other adventures.
According to his biography on Fox's website, Monteith was born in
Calgary, Alberta, and moved to Vancouver Island as a child. Before
turning to acting, he held a variety of jobs including Wal-Mart greeter,
school bus driver, roofer and cab driver.
"Thanks for always being kind Cory. You came a long way from hanging
on the beaches in Vancouver with the gang pre-Glee," tweeted Gerard
Funk, an actor from Vancouver who joined the "Glee" cast last year.
Monteith's TV credits included roles on the series "Kaya" and "Kyle
XY" and guest appearances on "Smallville," ''Supernatural," ''Stargate,"
''Flash Gordon" and "Interns." His film credits included "Final
Destination 3," ''The Invisible," ''Deck the Halls" and "Whisper."
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