Hollywood and Gleeks everywhere are mourning the loss of Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on FOX’s hit show Glee. Monteith,31, was found dead early Sunday morning in a hotel room in Vancouver. According to CNN, staff members at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel discovered the actor’s body after he missed his checkout time. He had checked into the hotel July 6 and acting Chief Constable Doug LePard told reporters Monteith apparently had several people over to his room late Friday night but he was seen on a hotel surveillance video returning to his room by himself early Saturday morning.
LePard released the following statement :
“…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. 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.”
Police have said the cause of death was no immediately apparent and ruled out foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Monteith had struggled with a history of substance abuse problems starting at age 13. He told Parade Magazine he was lucky to be alive for he was trying anything and everything. He dropped out of high school and continued using. The Huffington Post reports that when he was 19, Monteith’s family and friends staged an intervention and he got clean, eventually receiving his high school diploma.
In March Monteith went back to rehab and thanked his fans for all their love and support. His girlfriend, co-star Lea Michele, was always by Monteith’s side supporting him. A statement was released from her camp about the death, asking to ” kindly respect her privacy during this devastating time.”
Several other celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts about Cory Monteith, including Glee’s Mark Salling who summed up most of everyone’s feelings of shock with a simple “no.” So You Think You Can Dance judge and Glee-guest director Adam Shankman talked to Monteith on Saturday, according to CNN, and he told Shankman he wanted to come to California to jet ski. Shankman tweeted the following:
“Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much…”
At the time of his death, Monteith had three projects in post-production. Among them was “All The Wrong Reasons,” which also starred Kevin Zegers. He wrote about his co-star:
“I’ve never lost a friend this close. This feels like a mistake.”
Besides Michele, Monteith is survived by his parents and older brother Shaun.