CORY Monteith had the world at his feet as the star of hit TV show Glee.
But the troubled actor was found dead in a hotel room aged just 31 – here is what we know about the fallen star…
Who was Cory Monteith?
Cory was born May 11, 1982 and was a Canadian actor.
He had minor roles on TV before an audition tape of him singing Can’t Fight This Feeling resulted in him being cast on Glee in 2009.
The show was an instant hit and turned him into a world-wide star and a teen pinup.
Following his success on Glee, Corey’s film work included the movie Monte Carlo and a starring role in Sisters & Brothers.
Cory had a troubled adolescence involving substance abuse from age 13.
After an intervention by family and friends he entered drug rehabilitation at age 19.
In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, he discussed his history of substance abuse as a teen.
How did Cory Monteith die?
Cory was found dead in a hotel room in Canada on July 13, 2013.
Staff at Vancouver’s luxury Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel discovered his lifeless body after he failed to check out of his room on the 21st floor.
Cops said the 31-year-old had been out with friends the night before.
According to their report, cops at the scene discovered a “spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle”.
Two empty champagne bottles and glasses were also discovered in his room.
At the time police Constable Brian Montague said: “There was evidence in the room that was consistent of a drug overdose.”
Cory’s official cause of death is listed as “mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol”.
It’s was noted at his inquest that Cory had a history of drug use with intermittent periods of rehabilitation and of abstinence from drugs.
The troubled actor had recently spent time in a rehab clinic for substance addiction prior to his death.
Cory’s tolerance for substance abuse may have been lower than usual because he had stopped using since attending rehab over a period from March to April 2013.
Following his death his girlfriend Lea released this statement: “Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family,
friends, and fans.
“Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them.
“They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.”