Police have confirmed that the man found dead in a room at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel just after noon on Saturday is 31-year-old Cory Monteith, star of popular teen entertainment show ‘Glee’.
Cory’s body was due to leave the hotel on Saturday and his body was discovered after he failed to check out. Police believe he was alone when he died, and have ruled out foul play.
Doug LePard, the acting chief of Vancouver Police, said he watched ‘Glee’ regularly with his daughters.
“I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.”
Cory Monteith had checked into the hotel on July 6 and was due to check out of the room on Saturday. Other people were with him in his room previously but according to video and fob key entries he returned to his room alone in the early morning hours and police believe he was alone when he died.
The ‘Glee’ star had fought drug and alcohol addiction since his teens, with his family staging an intervention to get him in to rehab when he was 19, after he dropped out of school. But his issues with substance abuse continued and Cory’s latest stint n rehab only ended in April this year. At that time he had voluntarily entered rehab.
Monteith 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”.
Cory Monteith was best known for playing Finn Hudson in the popular musical comedy series ‘Glee.’
A post-mortem examination will take place on Monday, and the coroner will decide on the next steps to establish the cause of death.
A statement on behalf of Glee’s executive producers and 20th Century Fox Television said,
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
His ‘Glee’ co-stars and other celebrities have also spoken of their shock at the news.
Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Bieste in Glee, wrote on Twitter: “I have no words! My heart is broken, Cory was not only a hell of a friend, he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever.” (sic.)
Actress Jaimie Alexander added: “Sweet man… Gone far too soon. Peace be with you friend.”
Singer Lance Bass said: “Devastated about the news of Cory Monteith – such an incredible guy – my thoughts are with his family and friends.”
And Zooey Deschanel seemed to sum things up pretty well when she said, “What an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.”