Glee Star Dead At 31
Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead at a Vancouver hotel on Saturday night. He was 31.
Some very sad news: Authorities have confirmed that Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead Saturday night at a Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel.
"Sources tell CTV Glee star Cory #Monteith found dead today in Vancouver. Police expected to confirm at 10:30," CTV British Columbia tweeted on Saturday night.
The Hollywood Reporter added that he was found at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.
Vancouver Police Department acting chief Doug LePard confirmed the news in a statement:
Monteith's death comes three months after he entered rehab for recurring substance abuse problems.
His rep told the media at the time that Monteith had "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."
Girlfriend — and Glee co-star — Lea Michele stuck by him through the 30-day stint.
"I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this," she told People at the time. "I am grateful and proud he made this decision."
She also gushed about him in a recent interview with Marie Claire.
"I don't even remember a time when he wasn't my boyfriend," she said. "No one knows me better than Cory. No one knows what it's been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything. For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world."
Monteith wasn't shy about talking about his problems with drugs as a teen. He spoke out about it in a 2011 interview with Parade.
"Anything and everything, as much as possible," he told the magazine of what drugs he had binged on as a teen. "I had a serious problem."
He went to rehab after his family — led by his mom — held an intervention.
"I stole a significant amount of money from a family member," he admitted. "I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn't care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, 'Yeah, it was me.' It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.
"That's when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing," he continued.
"I was done fighting myself," he recalled of his turning point. "I finally said, 'I'm gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I'm doing this.'"