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Glee star Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver

Cory Monteith

Story by Jack Foley

CORY Monteith, one of the main stars of Glee, has been found dead at a hotel in Vancouver at the age of 31.

The young actor-singer, who played Finn in the series, was found at noon at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on Saturday (July 13, 2013).

According to Vancouver police, Monteith had checked into the hotel on July 6 and was expected to check out on Saturday – but had failed to do so, prompting personnel to check his room when he missed his checkout time. He had reportedly been dead for several hours.

Speaking at a news briefing, police went on to say that Monteith had been seen out with other people on Friday night and had been captured on security video returning to his room alone early Saturday morning.

Police believe he was alone when he died, although no cause of death was given. However, no foul play is suspected.

Police are now questioning the people he was with on Friday night. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Monteith’s death has sent shockwaves around the artistic community, many of whom have paid tribute to the talented vocalist and actor.

Glee executive producers, producers 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Co. said in a statement: “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.”

And a spokesperson for co-star Lea Michele, who played Rachel in the show and who was also his girlfriend in real-life, told The Hollywood Reporter: “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”

Alex Anders, Glee‘s executive music producer, said of Monteith, with whom she frequently worked in the recording studio: “Heartbroken by the loss of my friend @CoryMonteith Praying for his family and loved ones. Such a good hearted man that will be sorely missed.”

And Mark Salling, who played Finn’s best friend Puck on the show, took to Twitter on Saturday to say “no.” Cast-mate Dot-Marie Jones, who played Finn’s former football coach, used all caps to convey her grief, writing: “I have no words! My heart is broken Cory was not only a hell of a friend he was one amazing men [sic] that I will hold close to my heart forever.”

Monteith became one of the biggest stars of the Fox musical after the series premiered in 2009, leading the cover of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ that helped to turn the series into a worldwide phenomenon.

Prior to breaking into show business, Monteith worked various jobs, including Wal-Mart people greeter, taxicab driver, school bus driver, and roofer.

But he finally broke into acting via minor roles in the films Final Destination 3, Whisper and Deck the Halls and through supporting roles in TV shows Smallville, Supernatural, Flash Gordon, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1.

His life changed forever, however, when he landed the role of Finn in 2009 after auditioning extensively before eventually being given the green-light by series creator Ryan Murphy.

In spite of this success, Monteith announced in March this year that he had voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction. He had previously received substance abuse treatment over a decade earlier, when he was 19.