'Glee' Star Cory Monteith Dead at 31
BY Michelle Garcia
July 14 2013 1:33 PM ET
Actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn on the Fox hit Glee was found dead in a hotel room in Canada on Saturday. He was 31.
Monteith checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver on July 6. Hotel staff members were suspicious when the actor missed his checkout time on Saturday. He was found dead by a member of the hotel staff later that day.
Acting chief constable Doug LePard told reporters that he was with several people in his hotel room on Friday night. Later that night, video surveillance shows him returning to his room alone.
An autopsy will be performed on Monday to confirm the cause of death. Foul play has been ruled out, according to CNN.
Monteith had been struggling with substance abuse since adolescence, and sought rehabilitation for drug abuse earlier this year.
Several cast members and crew responded to Monteith's death following the news.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person," Fox said in a statement on behalf of the network, the show's producers and 20th Century Television. "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."
Out director and choreographer Adam Shankman had been speaking to Monteith in the hours leading up to his death.
"I had several interactions with him yesterday where he said that he was doing amazing," director Adam Shankman said to CNN. "He even said, 'I am feeling fantastic.' I'm like everybody else, really devastated and confused by what happened."
Monteith leaves behind his parents, Joe Monteith and Ann McGregor, his brother Shaun, and his Glee co-star and fiancée, Lea Michele.
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