The Life and Death of Cory Monteith Glee Actor

Cory Monteith

Most popularly known to portray the well-natured jock with a heart of gold, Finn Hudson in Glee, Cory Monteith’s real life persona was no different. Known for his friendly good natured personality, Cory was well loved amongst his fans, co-stars and friends. However, he endured a troubling adolescent stage when he began experimenting with drugs at the young age of 12, leaving school at the age of 16. He entered rehabilitation for his substance abuse at the age of 19 upon the insistence of his family and friends. This side of Cory’s life was more or less hidden and came out only in 2011 when he spoke about his childhood troubles in a magazine interview.

A strong detractor of drug use, Cory often cited his example to speak out against drug usage. In March 2013, he sought addiction treatment and completed the rehab stint in about a month. Upon intervention staged by his Glee co-stars and Paramount Studios, Cory decided to clean up his act to shoot the following season of the hit show.

Detailed account of Monteith’s death

Post-rehab since April 2013, Cory was believed to be clean from all drugs. His friends and close acquaintances spoke out about his healthier life choices and believed him to be happier and more outgoing in the months leading up to his death. This is why Cory’s sudden passing came as such a shock to his loved ones and fans. On July 13, he was found dead in a hotel room in Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver by the hotel staff. When he failed to check out on the last day of his stay, his body was discovered and upon initial investigation, no cause of death was clear. The Vancouver Police Department ruled out foul play and an autopsy was scheduled on July 15. The preliminary report suggested that the cause of death originated from a deadly mixture of toxins created by alcohol and heroin, pointing to accidental fatal overdose.

The final report was released in October and confirmed the findings of the initial analysis, claiming that Monteith’s system also contained morphine and codeine at the time of death. It was also revealed that he was found with 2 champagne bottles and several drug paraphernalia in his hotel room including a hypodermic needle and a spoon with residue. The coroner’s report also suggested that Monteith experienced intermittent durations of abuse and abstinence throughout his life. Owing to this intermittent period of abstinence, the toxic mixture of alcohol, heroin and other opioids could have lead to a fatal overdose.

The aftermath of Monteith’s passing

At the time, Cory Monteith was in a serious relationship with Glee costar Lea Michele who was then filming at a different location. He was cremated on July 17th in Vancouver in a private gathering of family and Michele. Subsequently, the show faced a short hiatus where the death of Cory’s character Finn was included into the storyline. Several tributes have been dedicated to Cory in the past year with a special tribute episode on the show as well as the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards organized on September 22, 2013.

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