Vale: Cory Monteith
Cory 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.