• Coroner: 'Glee' actor Cory Monteith died of overdose of heroin, alcohol


    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A coroner in British Columbia has found that 'Glee' actor Cory Monteith died of a heroin and alcohol overdose.

    Monteith, 31-year-old the handsome actor who shot to fame in the hit FOX TV series, was found dead in in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver's waterfront at about noon Saturday, according to police.

    Deputy Police Chief Doug Lepard said Monteith had been out with people earlier and that those people were interviewed after the actor's death.

    In April, Monteith admitted himself to a treatment facility for "substance addiction" and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time.

    Lea Michele, his "Glee" co-star and real-life girlfriend, told People magazine that she loved and supported him and was proud he was seeking help.

    It was not Monteith's first time in rehab. He received treatment when he was 19 and had previously talked about his addiction struggles, saying he had a serious problem and took just "anything and everything."

    He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was "lucky to be alive."

    Monteith, who turned 31 on May 11, starred in "Glee" as a high school football player who puts his status and popularity at risk to join the glee club and its outcast members.

    The show, with its pop music-based song-and-dance numbers and high-profile guest stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, became an immediate hit and made stars of its relatively unknown cast.

    The series, which debuted in 2009, is in its fourth season.

    On his Twitter account, Monteith described himself as "tall, awkward, Canadian, actor, drummer, person."

    According to his biography on Fox's website, Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to Vancouver Island as a child. Before turning to acting, he held a variety of jobs including Wal-Mart greeter, school bus driver, roofer and cab driver.

    Monteith's TV credits included roles on the series "Kaya" and "Kyle XY" and guest appearances on "Smallville," ''Supernatural," ''Stargate," ''Flash Gordon" and "Interns." His film credits included "Final Destination 3," ''The Invisible," ''Deck the Halls" and "Whisper."

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