Impossibly sad news this morning, Bettys: Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead on Saturday in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. He was 31 years old.
His rep confirmed the news this morning in a statement reading, “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.”
Cory apparently went out on Friday night with friends; he returned to his room in the early hours of the morning. When he missed his checkout time on Saturday, hotel staff went up to check on him and discovered his body. He had been dead for several hours when he was found.
According to Vancouver Acting Police Chief Doug LePard, “There were others with Mr. Monteith in his room earlier [Friday] 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.” Although the police won’t discuss what (if anything) was found in the room, no foul play was evident; an autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for Monday.
What makes this especially tragic is that Cory had just finished another round of treatment for substance abuse and by all appearance seemed to be on the mend. The actor had long struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, heading to rehab for the first time when he was 19; when he finally got clean after years of using, one of the sober people among which he surrounded himself was his first acting coach, Andrew Mcllroy. He was cast as Finn Hudson in Glee in 2009, and when the show became a megahit, he skyrocketed to fame.
Addiction isn’t something that just “goes away,” though; feeling himself backsliding, Cory made the decision to reenter a treatment facility at the end of March this year. He was released at the end of April.
Our hearts go out to Cory’s friends, family, and loved ones. For more information on substance abuse, treatment, and what you can do to help others suffering from addiction, visit the following websites:
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.