Vale: Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith, best known as Finn in the US music drama Glee, has died aged 31.

2013-07-14_1651Cory Monteith, best known as Finn in the US music drama Glee, has died aged 31.

Monteith’s body was discovered by staff in a room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, shortly after noon on Saturday. He was “clearly deceased,” according to a Vancouver Police Department Acting Chief Doug LePard.

“I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith,” LePard said in a news conference held in Vancouver. “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.”

Monteith, who was also partner to Glee co-star Lea Michele, had publicly discussed his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and had recently gone back into treatment.

Authorities said that no foul play is suspected.

Glee executive producers, producers 20th Century FOX Television and Fox Broadcasting Co. said in a statement: “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.”

Shortly after the news broke, Glee’s Mark Salling tweeted “no” – and the message was soon retweeted nearly 12,000 times, with fans expressing their grief. Kristin Chenoweth tweeted “You wil be loved,” while Dot-Marie Jones said she was “heartbroken.”

It’s unclear how Monteith’s sudden passing would impact production on Glee, which is poised to premiere its fifth season on September 19 in the US.

Monteith was one of several Glee cast members brought to Australia by Network TEN to help promote the new series in 2009.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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Source: LA Times, Hollywood Reporter

22 Responses

  1. Such sad news and Im still in shock!! I still can’t accept what’s happened!! RIP Corey Monteith! My heart goes out to his family and friends and of course to Lea! A very sad day for Gleeks around the world!!

  2. Very sad news! He was a great cast member on Glee and a good actor, not surprised by the rumors of substance abuse…. Just hate that all these young stars have to resort to these things to get by… Best wishes to his family and loved ones!

  3. The moment i heard the news i was in shock. I couldn’t believe what i was reading. I am a massive Glee fan and this is so sad. Really feel for Lea too because they were due to be married in 2 weeks too. Just completely shocked. RIP Cory 🙁

  4. I am in complete shock. Although he has his demons, he’s so young and his problems weren’t on public display like with Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan etc. Thinking of the cast, friends and family. RIP Cory.

  5. Let this be a reminder to us all about substance abuse. It never has a happy ending.
    No matter how young you are, you’re never invincible.

    If you’re struggling with something in your own life, don’t let this be your ending too.

    Lifeline is there 24hrs a day on 13 11 14, and talking to someone really is a huge help and a step in the right direction.

  6. Sad news for all involved, I had no idea he was having troubles.

    Also I guess the Glee producers and writers will be scrambling to make changes as it was just about to go back into production for the new season.

  7. So shocking and so sad. He was still sending out tweets yesterday and Lea Michele was still sending them out 4 hours ago.

    How preventable would this have been I wonder.

  8. Horrible news. I feel so sorry for the original cast members, particularly Lea Michele, who are just going to be hounded now. Fingers crossed the press won’t cross the line too much. Very sad for his family and friends

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