'Glee' Star Cory Monteith Dies at 31
Cory Monteith was found dead on Saturday (July 13) at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. The Glee actor’s body was discovered by hotel staff when he missed his noon checkout time that day, Vancouver police said in a news conference.
Police said Cory was with other people Friday night. An examination of hotel video footage showed him returning to his room on the 21st floor alone early Saturday morning. Police believe he was alone when he died. No cause of death was given and no foul play is suspected, police said. Police are questioning the people he was with Friday night. It was unclear if he was with his longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Cory voluntarily checked himself into rehab for substance abuse back in March. He previously checked into rehab when he was 19. His rep released a statement saying: “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.”
Glee executive producers, producers 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Co. said in a statement: “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.”
THR was the first to report the sad news. Cory played Finn Hudson on the FOX series since it debuted in 2009. He also has a role in the upcoming indie All the Wrong Reasons. It’s unclear how Monteith’s sudden passing will impact production on Glee's fifth season which premieres on September 19.
Read the full statement from the Vancouver Police below:
"Shortly after noon Saturday, the Vancouver Police received a call from the BC Ambulance Service regarding a sudden death in a room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at 1038 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.
Police attended within minutes of the call and paramedics advised the man in the room was clearly deceased. Coroner’s staff did attend the scene.
The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith, who achieved great fame on the popular TV series Glee.
Before I give further information, on behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates 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.
Mr. Monteith checked into the hotel in July 6th and was due to check out of the room today. There were others with Mr. Monteith in his room earlier last 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.
When he missed his checkout 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.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. 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.”
Our thoughts and prayers got out Cory’s family and friends during this difficult time.