Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead Saturday, E! News has confirmed.
The 31-year-old was staying at the Fairmont Pacific Hotel and missed his check out time. Just after noon, he was found dead and alone in his room on the 21st floor.
According to Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LaPard, there are no indications of foul play and they are not discussing what was found in the room. The cause of death was not immediately apparent.
Monteith checked in July 6 and according to police, he was not staying with his girlfriend, Glee co-star Lea Michele. Michele was last spotted in Mexico on July 9th.
Monteith's family has been informed, according to LaPard, and when the actor was found he had been deceased for several hours.
Vancouver PD reports that a video showed Monteith returning to his hotel room by himself in early morning hours. LaPard explained at a press conference tonight that Monteith's family was just informed of his death about an hour prior, so although authorities wanted to get a statement out right away to confirm his passing to the press, they do not want to give any further details at this time, out of respect for the family.
A rep for Monteith tells E! News: "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."
A statement also was sent out on behalf of Glee executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company: "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."
Monteith, who starred as Finn Hudson on Glee since the show's beginning in 2009, spent time in rehab earlier this year, checking into a drug addiction treatment facility in April.
He had been open about his issues with substance abuse, previously admitting that he began using drugs at 13 and went into rehab at age 19.
In 2011, Monteith won a Teen Choice award for best actor in a comedy. The show's cast won a Screen Actors Guild award for an ensemble in a comedy in 2010.
On the Glee set, Monteith was known for being an incredibly hard worker and all-around good guy. He will be sorely missed.
Full statement from Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard follows:
"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 check-out 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."
Cory Monteith‘s death is shocking the nation and more details have been released about how he died.
The 31-year-old Glee actor was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room after he didn’t appear for checkout at the expected time. He had been in the hotel since July 6, according to authorities. Make sure to read the full statement made by Vancouver Police.
Fox, the network that has aired Glee for the past four seasons and has already committed to another two seasons, has released a statement on the shocking news.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news,” read a statement from Glee producers, Fox and 20th Century Fox Television (via TV Line). “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.”
Lea Michele's Reps Asking for Privacy After Cory Monteith's Death
A representative for Lea Michele has released a statement in wake of Cory Monteith‘s shocking death.
“We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.” the statement reads on behalf of the 26-year-old actress. Lea was romantically involved with her Glee co-star for over a year.
Cory was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room after missing his check-out time on Saturday (July 13). Be sure to read the full statement made by the Vancouver Police.
Glee producers, Fox and 20th Century Fox Television executives also released a joint statement in regards to the tragedy.
Cory‘s Glee co-stars past and present who had the pleasure of working with him have been expressing their sadness on Twitter.
Matthew Morrison decided to honor the late Cory Monteith the best way he knows how, through song.
The 34-year-old actor/singer opened his show with an a capella version of What I Did For Love, a song from the Broadway show Chorus Line, that he dedicated to the late Glee star.
"You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that's what we'll do," he told the audience at his New York City show at 54 Below on Sunday, July 14 (via The New York Times). "And we'll do it in Cory's honor."
As Glee fans may recall, Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry performed this song during the season 2 premiere in 2010. Lyrics read: "Kiss today goodbye, The sweetness and the sorrow. Wish me luck, the same to you. But I can't regret what I did for love, what I did for love."
Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, July 13. He was 31.
Cory Monteith Autopsy: He Died of Mixed Drugs — Heroin and Alcohol
It’s official: Glee’s Cory Monteith (Finn) did, in fact, die of a drug overdose. TV Line reports that Cory died of “a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” This comes from the British Columbia Coroners Office’s initial autopsy report, which was released on July 16.
In an official video announcement posted to the Providence of British Columbia’s YouTube page, BC Coroner Barbara McLintock revealed that “it involved heroin, primarily, and also alcohol.”
Of note, Barbara also made it clear that Cory’s death does not appear to be a suicide. “There is absolutely nothing at this point, no evidence that suggests this is anything other than the most sad and tragic accident.”
The Glee star passed away suddenly over the weekend. Hotel workers at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, discovered Cory’s body in his hotel room on July 13 when he failed to check out on time.
Cory checked into rehab for substance abuse issues at the tail end of March 2013, and left treatment just a month later, near the end of April. It was Cory’s second time in rehab. He went once before, at just 19.
Though few people had any idea that Cory’s struggles had returned, new reports are emerging that say the Glee star stayed clean and sober in Los Angeles, but would return to his partying ways when he went home to visit his friends in Canada.