Glee star Cory Monteith 'died from heroin, alcohol mix'
GLEE heart throb Cory Monteith died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, according to Canadian authorities.
The British Columbia Coroners Service says an autopsy and toxicological analysis show that the 31-year-old "Glee" star died on from a "mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.", celebrity gossip site TMZ is reporting.
Monteith's body was discovered by staffers at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, Canada on July 13.
He had struggled with addiction for years and had been to rehab earlier this year.
Monteith had said he began struggling with drugs and alcohol as a young teenager.
The Glee star attended several Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Vancouver, Canada, in the days before his death on Saturday.
Monteith, who voluntarily checked into rehab for the second time in March for a month to battle his drug addiction, checked in to the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, Canada, on July 6, and sought support to help him maintain his sobriety shortly before his death on Saturday.
A source close to the actor told gossip website RadarOnline.com: "Cory went to AA meetings when he got to Vancouver with some friends of his and mine. They have attended AA meetings in the past together.
"Vancouver is a great place to keep grounded when you are in the spotlight and trying to be sober.
"Being grounded is the key to sobriety and that's what Vancouver can offer Cory. It is casual and he calls it home and he has friends here who have known him for a long time.
"Cory also works helping kids stay out of these drug problems that are so apparent in the Downtown Eastside."
The insider also insisted that despite being spotted out with friends at the Portside bar in the hours before his death, Cory was not drinking.
Meanwhile, 'Glee' producers are reportedly scrambling to figure out how to move forward following their leading star's sudden death.
The new series was set to start shooting next month and executives have scheduled a number of meetings to discuss story lines without Cory's character, Finn Hudson, according to Foxnews.com.
The Canadian actor's girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele, 26, is said to be "absolutely inconsolable".
Cory Monteith led double life as hard-working 'Glee' actor and a partying substance abuser
CORY Monteith was reportedly a hard-working 'Glee' star in Los Angeles and a partying substance abuser in Vancouver.
The 31-year-old actor was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday (13.07.13) and is believed to have been living a double life.
Website TMZ.com reports the 'Glee' cast spent a lot of time keeping Corey sober but when he returned to his hometown of Vancouver "alcohol and drugs were always involved" and his drive to stay clean withered.
The star's family were aware of his problems and did all they could to help, and Cory's cousin, Richard Monteith, is highly saddened by the death of "a beautifully genuine soul".
He told Canada's Global NEWS: "It's like my hero died. He would do anything for anyone - give you the shirt off his back."
Richard admitted Corey's life had "started out rough" but he was pleased things seemed to be working out for the actor following his success in 'Glee', where he played high school student Finn Hudson.
He continued: "He was able to do what he wanted, and supply his family with what he wanted to. And he was at the top - he was where he wanted to be."
Corey's lead role in the American series opened up other doors for him and recently he was seen playing a drug-addicted hustler in the movie 'McCanick' directed by Josh Waller.
Josh told ET Canada: "He was like: 'I can do this character, I know this character, I was this character, I have lived elements of this.'
"He said, 'I was a troubled youth'."
Cory Monteith said he was 'really happy' in the last interview before his death
CORY Monteith said he was "really happy" in the last interview before his death.
The 'Glee' star expressed his excitement about returning for the show's fifth season ahead of his untimely passing aged 31 in his hotel room in Vancouver on the weekend.
Posing alongside long-term girlfriend Lea Michele at the Chrysalis Ball on June 8, the interview marked Cory's first red carpet appearance following a stint in rehab for substance abuse.
He told E! News: "I'm just happy to be on the show, I'm really, really happy to be coming back. It's really good."
When asked about plans for a summer holiday with his girlfriend he replied: "I'm not sure yet, we're playing it by ear."
The star was speaking at a charity event to help aid homeless and low-income individuals gain employment.
He said: "It's not just a handout. It's empowerment. It's taking people who just need a help up. Not a handout. A help up. It's helping people do what they already can do."
Lea looked at Cory and gushed over her on and off-screen boyfriend.
She said: "I think he looks great, doesn't he? He's the best."
The interview follows reports the actor led a double life, with sources saying the 'Glee' cast in Los Angeles spent a lot of time keeping Cory sober but when he returned to his hometown of Vancouver in Canada "alcohol and drugs were always involved" and his drive to stay clean withered.
Police have refused to say whether drug paraphernalia had been found in his room but are not looking for any one else in connection with his death.