31-year old Canadian actor and singer, best known for his role of Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee, was found dead in a hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday July 13, 2013, according to a police announcement in a press conference.
Cory Monteith just turned 31 on May 11, 2013 and according to Vancouver PD, emergency personnel arrived at the hotel shortly after noon, at which point Monteith was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics. The coroner is investigating cause of death. Foul play is not suspected.
Coroners would not say how the actor died, adding that the cause of death was not immediately obvious. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Monteith had been “dead for several hours when he was discovered,” said chief coroner Lisa Lapointe at the news conference.
While the cause of death is unknown at this time, there is speculation that it may be due to his substance abuse issues, and possible overdose.
Police say Monteith checked into the luxury hotel on July 6 and was due to check out on Saturday. In a statement by Cory Monteith’s rep to Us Weekly after the news broke, said: “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.”
Cory Monteith had recently completed treatment for substance addiction. On March 31 of this year, he announced via his rep that he had voluntarily checked himself into rehab, buoyed by the support of his girlfriend, Lea Michele, and others. “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family, and we fully support his decision to seek treatment,” 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement at the time. “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”
He had previously opened up about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, telling “Parade” in 2011 that he did “anything and everything, as much as possible,” after he dropped out of high school at age 16. “I had a serious problem,” he indicated.
Besides his role in Glee, he also had roles in “Final Destination 3” and “Monte Carlo.” He and 26-year old Lea Michele had been dating for more than a year.