'Glee' star Monteith dies in B.C. hotel

ASSOCIATED PRESS Monteith , found dead at 31.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Monteith , found dead at 31.
Posted: July 16, 2013

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Cory Monteith, the handsome young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series "Glee" but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead in a hotel room, police said. He was 31.

The Canadian-born Monteith, who played star quarterback turned singer Finn Hudson on the Fox TV series about a high-school glee club, was found dead in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver's waterfront about noon Saturday, according to police.

Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said there was no indication of foul play.

Vancouver police said an autopsy is expected to take place today to determine the cause of death.

Monteith's body was found by hotel staff after he missed his checkout time, LePard said.

"We do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death," said British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe. She said further tests would be needed to determine how Monteith died.

"The exact nature of those examinations will depend on investigative findings within the next day or two as information is gathered from medical records and discussions with family take place," she said.

In April, Monteith checked himself in to a treatment facility for "substance addiction" and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time.

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