Actor Cory Monteith Dead at 31

Posted on July 14, 2013

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Glee star Cory Monteith is dead at 31. He was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver.

People reports that Vancouver Police Police Chief Doug LePard said in a statement, "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. 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 are still trying to determined how Monteith died and the exact cause of death has not been revealed. Foul play has been ruled out. E Online reports that hotel footage showed Monteith returning to his hotel room alone last night. Monteith has struggled with substance abuse. He checked into rehab earlier this year, but finished rehab in late April.

Monteith is best known for his role as Finn Hudson on Glee. He was part of the original cast when the series helped raise awareness about homophobia and bullying. The series initially revolved around his character, a jock who defied stereotypes by joining the high school singing group. Monteith was dating Glee co-star Lea Michele.

Monteith described himself as "tall, awkward, canadian, actor, drummer, person." on his Twitter account, @CoryMonteith. His last tweets, on July 12, were about the Sharknado movie.

Actress Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), tweeted, "I have no words! My heart is broken. Cory was not only a hell of a friend he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever."

The following statement from Glee executive producers, 20th Century Fox and Fox Broadcasting Company was shared on the official Glee Twitter (@GLEEonFOX): "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."

Photo: Tommy Garcia/FOX