'Glee' star Monteith found dead
Cory Monteith, star of the hit TV series 'Glee', was found dead in a hotel room, police in Vancouver, Canada said Saturday night. He was 31.PT1M3S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2pypi 620 349 July 15, 2013
The cause of Cory Monteith's death remains unclear, and authorities in Canada say it could take several days before toxicology test results are in.
Vancouver police Sergeant Randy Fincham said there's nothing to indicate the death was due to illicit drug use.
Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, according to police, who have ruled out foul play.
Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. Photo: Getty Images
Police said Monteith had been out with people earlier, but video and electronic records from the hotel indicated he returned to his room by himself early on Saturday.
He was believed to be alone when he died.
Monteith's passing recalls the lives of Heath Ledger, Corey Haim and River Phoenix - actors who battled substance abuse and died in their 20s and 30s.
Monteith and his on-screen love interest, and real-life fiancee, Lea Michele. Photo: Getty Images
Monteith talked bluntly about struggling with addiction since he was a teenager, calling it a serious problem and telling Parade magazine in 2011 he was "lucky to be alive".
Monteith admitted himself to a treatment facility in April for substance addiction and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time.
Lea Michele, Monteith's Glee co-star and real-life girlfriend, told People magazine that she loved and supported him, and was proud he was seeking help.
It was not Monteith's first time in rehab. He also received treatment when he was 19.
The Fox network and the producers of Glee, including 20th Century Fox Television, called Monteith an exceptional performer "and an even more exceptional person".
Michele asked for privacy upon hearing the news of his death.
A makeshift memorial emerged outside the Vancouver hotel as #RipCoryMonteith and #StayStrongLea became trending topics on Twitter.
In England, what was supposed to be a weekend celebration of Glee turned into an impromptu memorial after news of Monteith's death rocked a fan convention.
"The news was devastating. No one had any idea what to say or do," said Chloe Harvey, an 18-year-old fan from Portsmouth, England.
"It just shows how much of a truly amazing guy Cory was that everyone was so shocked and emotional about the news."