'Glee' star Cory Monteith dead at 31
Vancouver police have confirmed that Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel shortly after noon on Saturday. He was 31 years old. Police say the cause of death was not apparent upon initial examination, though there did not appear to be any foul play.
“At this point, we do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death except to reiterate…that there are no indications of foul play,” a Vancouver police spokesperson said during a press conference late Saturday night. Monteith’s family was notified Saturday night before the conference.
Police did not have information about whether Montieth was in Vancouver with any Glee castmates but confirmed they have talked to the people he was out with Friday night. The actor — who was born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Victoria, British Columbia — checked into the Fairmont on July 6 and was expected to check out Saturday. He reportedly returned to his room alone early Saturday morning, but when he didn’t check out as planned, hotel staff discovered his body.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Monteith was cast on Glee in 2009. His role as Finn Hudson on the hit Fox show led to a starring role in Monte Carlo alongside Selena Gomez in 2011. In April, Monteith checked himself into a rehab facility for substance addiction. After finishing a 30-day stint, Monteith made his first post-rehab appearance at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball charity event with girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele last month.
When contacted for comment, a rep for Michele replied: “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”