Coroner: Monteith overdosed on heroin, alcohol

3:37 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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USA TODAY - The British Columbia coroner confirms that Glee actor Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol, the AP reports.

"There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident," the coroner's office said in a statement Tuesday.

The 31-year-old was found dead at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver on Saturday after checking in there on July 6. Police expedited Monteith's autopsy and toxicology Monday and said from the start that they suspected no foul play. He was believed to be alone at the time of his death.

This spring, Monteith had voluntarily checked himself into rehab to deal with substance abuse issues, which he acknowledged struggling with since his teenage years.

In an interview with Parade magazine in 2011, Monteith said hie drug use had spiraled out of control when he was a young teen and that he was "doing anything and everything, as much as possible."

In the last year of his life, Monteith had found romance with his Glee co-star Lea Michele. Last month, the couple made their final public appearance together and after news of his death broke over the weekend, Michele's rep issued a brief statement on behalf of the star: "We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time."

Monteith's Glee co-stars and friends throughout Hollywood took to Twitter and other social media Sunday to remember the late star. Fox also issued a statement about the actor's death saying, "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."

Production on the Fox musical comedy is set to resume at the end of the month, but now the network faces several challenges, including how to handle Monteith's character Finn, whether the Sept. 19 premiere date will stick and shooting promos.

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