'Glee' Star Cory Monteith, 31, Who Played Finn on the Show, Found Dead in Hotel. No Foul Play Suspected. Death Comes Several Months After He Had Gone to a Treatment Facility for Substance Addiction. Autopsy Will Be Performed LA Times; AP
"Cory Monteith, star of the hit Fox series 'Glee,' was found dead Saturday, July 13, 2013, in a Canadian hotel room, according to Vancouver police," writes Amy Kaufman in the Los Angeles Times.
The story continues, "The sudden death of the 31-year-old Canadian actor [who played Finn Hudson on 'Glee'] came several months after he had voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction."
The article adds, "Vancouver Police Department Acting Chief Doug LePard said at a televised news conference late Saturday 'all indications are that there was no foul play.' He also said that 'the cause of death wasn't immediately apparent.' Monteith was discovered shortly after noon in a room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver after he failed to check out as scheduled. He had been staying at the hotel since July 6, according to police.
"By the time Monteith's body was discovered by hotel staff he was 'clearly deceased,' LePard said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Authorities declined to talk about anything found in Monteith's room but said hotel security records indicate he had returned alone in the early-morning hours and was believed to be alone at the time of his death."
The Times story adds, "Monteith had publicly discussed his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and in late March had gone back into treatment. At that time, the actor's girlfriend and 'Glee' co-star, Lea Michele, released a public statement expressing her 'love and support' for Monteith, saying she would 'stand by him through this.' "
The story continues, "After a month-long stay, he exited the facility and was spotted by the paparazzi vacationing in Mexico with Michele, 26."
Said an Associated Press account of Monteith's death, "It was not Monteith's first time in rehab. He received treatment when he was 19 and had previously talked about his addiction struggles, saying he had a serious problem and took just 'anything and everything.' He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was 'lucky to be alive.' "
Cory Monteith and Lea Michele