Cory Monteith died of 'mixed drug toxicity'
Autopsy confirms Cory Monteith, 31, died of an overdose involving heroin and alcohol at his Vancouver hotel.PT0M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2q31o 620 349 July 17, 2013
Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old heartthrob of Glee died of an apparently accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol.
Post-mortem testing on the star, who was found dead on Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room, shows he died of "a mixed-drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol,” according to a release by The British Columbia Coroners Service. However, it said Monteith's death was unlikely to have been intentional.
"There is absolutely nothing at this point, no evidence to suggest this is anything but the most sad and tragic accident," said Barb McLintock, a spokeswoman for the Coroners Service.
Corey Monteith: had heroin and alcohol in his system. Photo: Getty Images
The actor was found dead shortly after noon on Saturday in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. Vancouver police said they believed he was alone in the room after returning to the hotel early on Saturday morning.
Representatives for the actor's girlfriend, Lea Michele, who played Monteith's on-screen love interest in "Glee," issued a statement on Tuesday thanking fans for their support.
"Since Cory's passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them," Michele's representatives said in a statement. "They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together."
Glee star Cory Monteith dies
Monteith in character as Finn Hudson.
Monteith was public about his struggles with substance abuse. In April, he completed voluntary treatment for unspecified substance addiction at a rehab facility. He had also been treated in a facility at age 19.
In 2011, he told Parade magazine that he had a serious drug problem during his teenage years for which he received treatment.
Monteith began his career in a number of small roles leading up to a recurring part between 2006 and 2007 in the ABC Family science-fiction drama Kyle XY and another role around the same time on the MTV series Kaya.
Glee was his breakthrough. It is centred on a high school glee club. Popular for its song and dance routines and big-name guest stars, the show has won Golden Globe, Emmy and Peabody awards.
Monteith played high school athlete Finn Hudson in the series.