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Actor Cory Monteith, beloved as jock-turned-gleek Finn on the Fox dramedy Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 31.
A hotel staff member found Monteith’s body in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel after the actor missed his scheduled checkout. The cause of death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
“Before I give further information, on behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith,” acting police chief Doug LePard said. “As was the case in countless homes, I watched Glee regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.”
Police say Monteith went out with friends on Friday night; it is unknown if the actor, who grew up in British Columbia, was with any fellow Glee cast members or co-star and longtime girlfriend Lea Michele. Hotel video footage shows the actor returning to his room alone early Saturday. Police believe Monteith was alone when he died.
The actor voluntarily checked himself into rehab for substance abuse in March. Since Glee premiered in 2009, he had been candid about his history with drugs, admitting he dropped out of high school and first went to rehab at the age of 19. During his latest stay, Michele stood by her man, and was often seen wearing a necklace that said “Cory” on it. She stepped out with him during his first red carpet appearance post-rehab, on June 8 for the 12th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball. He looked happy and healthy.
"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," the actor’s reps said in a statement.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic news,” Glee executive producers, producers 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Co. said in a statement. “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."