TV: Cory Monteith died from heroin, alcohol mix

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl


The British Columbia coroner released a report Tuesday confirming that Cory Monteith died of a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.

According to the report, the investigation is continuing and no other details are available at this time.

“It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident,” the report says. “The BC Coroners Service will not be providing any further details or responding to inquiries concerning the circumstances of Mr. Monteith’s death until the full investigation has concluded.”

Monteith, 31, was found Saturday in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver after he had failed to check out on time. The Glee star was with three people, a man and two women, Friday night but had returned to his hotel room alone early Saturday morning. According to USA TODAY, police spoke with all three people, who were “cooperative.”

In April, Monteith completed a rehabilitation program for substance abuse, admitting he had struggled with abuse since his teenage years.

The report stated Monteith’s family is aware of the circumstances surrounding the death. Girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele’s reps issued a statement on her behalf:

“Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans,” the statement read. “Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. … They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together.”

It is still unknown as to how Glee will handle Monteith’s death. The show was scheduled to return September 19 before taking a break for the baseball playoffs. If it is delayed, it is likely that the show will not return until after the World Series in late October or early November. Not to forget the additional task of filming promos.


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