VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Cory Monteith, the handsome young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series Glee but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead Saturday in a hotel room, police said. He was 31.
The Canadian-born Monteith, who played star quarterback-turned-singer Finn Hudson on the Fox TV series about a high school glee club, was found dead in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront about noon Saturday, according to police.
Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said there was no indication of foul play.
Vancouver police said Sunday that an autopsy is expected to take place today to determine the cause of death.
Monteith’s body was found by hotel staff who entered his room after he missed his check-out time, LePard said. Monteith had checked into the hotel on July 6.
LePard said Monteith had been out with people earlier and that those people are being interviewed.
Video and electronic records from the hotel indicate Monteith returned to his room by himself early Saturday morning, and he was believed to be alone when he died, LePard said.
Lea Michele, Monteith’s Glee co-star and real-life girlfriend, was asking for privacy after receiving news of his death, said her representative, Molly Kawachi of ID-PR.
Glee cast members took to Twitter to express their feelings.
I have no words! My heart is broken, Dot-Marie Jones, who plays football coach Shannon Beiste on Glee, said in a post on her Twitter account Saturday night. She called Monteith a hell of a friend and an amazing man.
Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson, the cheerleader with Down Syndrome on Glee, tweeted that she feels totally heartbroken right now.
Fox and the producers of Glee, including 20th Century Fox Television, called him an exceptional performer and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously.
In April, Monteith checked himself in to a treatment facility for substance addiction and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time.
It was not Monteith’s first time in rehab. He received treatment when he was 19 and had previously talked about his addiction struggles, saying he had a serious problem and took just anything and everything.
He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was lucky to be alive.
According to his biography on Fox’s website, Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to Vancouver Island as a child. Before turning to acting, he held a variety of jobs.
Monteith’s TV credits included roles on the series Kaya and Kyle XY and guest appearances on Smallville, Supernatural, Stargate, Flash Gordon and Interns. His film credits included Final Destination 3, The Invisible, Deck the Halls and Whisper.