We have sad news to report today, “Glee” actor Cory Monteith has died at the age 31 after recently completing a stint in rehab.
The actor, who played Finn Hudson on the popular FOX show, was found dead on Saturday in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, Canada.
There were rumors on Twitter last night that the actor had passed away, but most of us thought it was just another celebrity death hoax.
Sadly, the news is true.
Cory’s death was confirmed by Vancouver Police at a press conference on Saturday night. No cause of death has been confirmed at this point, but there were said to be no implications of foul play.
Medical examiners will conduct an autopsy on Monday.
Chief Doug LePard read in a statement, “Shortly after noon today, the Vancouver Police received a call from the BC Ambulance Service regarding a sudden death in a room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at 1038 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver”.
LePard said, “I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith”.
Cory had checked into the hotel on July 6 and had been due to check out on Saturday. A surveillance footage shows the actor returned to his hotel room alone after an evening out on Friday.
In a short statement, Cory’s publicist Melissa Kates said, “We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.”
A statement from Fox said, “We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones”.
Cory last tweeted on Friday, joking about the new sci-fi film Sharknado.
He wrote, “What the c**p is Sharknado… Oh. IT’S A SHARK TORNADO”
Monteith stepped out for the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 8 in Los Angeles with girlfriend and “Glee” co-star, Lea Michele. It was their last public event together and his first post-rehab.
Cory was seen with his girlfriend Lea, 26, at LAX airport on June 20th, both smiling at cameras.
Lea appeared to be particularly proud of Cory, who successfully completed a rehab stint in April for what his rep described at the time to be a substance addiction.
At the time, Lea said, “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision”.
Lea Michele, 26, and Cory Monteith began dating in early 2012 and were together for a year and a half.
A source said, “She [Lea Michele] is absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable. She is devastated beyond belief.”
Cory Monteith spoke of his past struggles to Ellen DeGeneres:
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