A sad tale has just gotten sadder: The autopsy results for Cory Monteith are in, and his death this past Saturday has been ruled an accidental overdose.
According to CNN, the British Columbia Coroners Service announced on Tuesday that Cory died as a result of “a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” The coroners service continued, “At this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident.”
The saddest part of this whole ordeal is that the revelation doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Cory had long struggled with substance abuse and addiction; he has been frank about battles with his personal demons, and after a turning point in his late teens, he began the fight in earnest. After he got clean, he landed the role on Glee that would make him a household name
But show business and Hollywood are not forgiving places, and when he felt himself backsliding, he checked into rehab again this past spring. He finished this most recent round of treatment at the end of April, and seemingly on the mend, reunited with his girlfriend and Glee co-star, Lea Michele.
It was during a trip to Vancouver to visit his mother that addiction got the better of him. After a night out with friends on Friday, he returned alone to his hotel room in the early morning; when he missed his checkout time on Saturday, hotel staff went to check in on him and discovered his body. When the news of his death first emerged, I was really, REALLY hoping that substance abuse had nothing to do with it. The signs were there, though, and the result is the tragic loss of a life cut off in its prime.
In describing exactly why the situation is so tragic, I think Jessica Wakeman over at The Frisky put it most succinctly:
“I don’t know much about Cory Monteith other than reading some gossip blogs about his and Michele’s relationship and watching him on ‘Glee.’ But if he was anything like most of the addicts that I know, he was an intelligent, sensitive individual who also happened to struggle with some hard shit. Some addicts are the Sent From Central Casting Hot Messes like Lohan, but a lot of them are just funny, quirky people who have a deep, private pain. It would be so much easier if addicts—when they’re using, when they’re sober—were a******s all the time. Then we would all feel justified hating them and cutting them out of our lives. Yet they’re people who love us, care for us, share in our successes, nurse us through our breakups. They’re people we love for a reason.”
Cory was well-loved by his friends, family, and Glee cast and crew, and by all accounts was a warm, caring person with an enormous heart. He’ll be greatly missed, and we’ll long be mourning the loss of him and what he might have achieved.
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Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.