‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith dead at 31

Vancouver police confirmed Saturday night at a press conference that the body of “Glee” star Cory Monteith, 31, was found just after noon at the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel.

Police responded within minutes of recieving a call from the British Columbia Ambulance Service regarding a sudden death in a room on the 21st floor of the downtown Vancouver hotel.

Upon arriving at the scene, paramedics advised the officers that Monteith was dead. Coroner’s staff was also on the scene.

Officials said no cause of death was apparent at this time, but that Monteith had been dead for several hours before his body was discovered.

According to the police statement, Monteith checked into the hotel on Saturday, July 6 and was due to check out of the room on Saturday, but he missed his checkout time, which sent staff into his room, where he was found.

Monteith had guests in his room on Friday night, but video and key entry records show him returning to his room by himself in the early morning hours when police believe he was alone when he died.

“On behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith,” acting chief Doug LePard said.

Monteith had publicly discussed his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and had recently gone back into treatment.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Tribune staff and wire reports

Copyright © 2013, Reuters

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