Glee Star Cory Monteith Found Dead- UPDATED

Actor Cory Monteith, 31, has died.

The actor, known for playing  jock turned songster Finn Hudson on Fox TV’s hit show Glee, was found dead in his room at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.

Police report that there is no immediate suggestion of foul play. Monteith was out with friends until the early hours of the morning, but returned to his room alone. Hotel management found the actor when he did not check out at the expected time.

Glee‘s executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company released a joint 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,” the short statement said.

Monteith has been open about his struggles with drug addiction. In a 2011 interview, he admitted that he had been admitted for drug abuse when he was 19 years old. He spent a month in rehab in March of this year. Girlfriend and Glee costar, Lea Michele stood by him during this period, telling People magazine:

I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.

Sources have told Hollywood Life that Michele is devastated by Monteith’s death:

She is absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable,” a source close to the actor tells HollywoodLife exclusively. She is devastated beyond belief.

Of course, as with any unexpected death, an autopsy will be performed. The autopsy will include a toxicology panel, results of which may not be available for several weeks.

We will give you any additional information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: 7/16/13 Autopsy Results In

The autopsy results for Cory Monteith reveal that the 31 yr-old actor died of a “mixed drug toxicity”- a combination of heroin and alcohol.

Here is a video released by the BC Coroners Service:

For more information about heroin and how it affects the brain and body, check out our story about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s recent trip to rehab.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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