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Glee Star's Double Life And Heroin Death

July 18, 2013


The coroner's office has determined that GLEE actor Cory Monteith "died of a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol" after an autopsy and toxicological testing was conducted.

Monteith was found dead in his hotel room after he didn't check out on time. Hotel video surveillance and electronic records show him returning to his room alone.

Police said Monteith was dead for several hours before he was found and they have ruled out foul play.


The extensive list of Hollywood overdosers stretches way back to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland and more recently to stars like Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson.

The Cory Monteith tragedy closely mirrors the shock and disbelief over Heith Ledger's death by overdose. Both were young, rich, famous and seemed to have the best years of their life and career’s ahead of them...yet both were rumoured to battle with depression and drug use.

On the same day that Cory was found dead, the actor had been spending time with his Glee star girlfriend, Lea Michele, and motorbike enthusiasts ahead of a rally.


Cory Monteith talked openly about struggling with addiction ever since he was a teenager, calling it a serious problem and telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he was "lucky to be alive." In that interview, he said he was using marijuana and drinking by age 13, and his drug use was "out of control" by the time he was 16. He said he used "anything and everything, as much as possible". "I had a serious problem."

“I stole a significant amount of money from a family member,” he revealed. “I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.”

When he was 19, his mother and closest friends staged an intervention, which led to his first visit to a treatment facility. “I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing,” recalled Cory.


One of Cory's relatives told him if he didn't get clean, they would press charges. That's when he decided to move away and live with a family friend. He was living in Victoria Canada as a Wal-Mart greeter when he decided to audition for Glee. His agent convinced him to audition by displaying not just his vocal ability, but his talent on the drums. Drumming was really the only experience Monteith had ever had going in to his Glee audition, so he displayed his talents using pencils as drumsticks and Tupperware as a drum set. It impressed the producers of the show so much that they called him out to L.A. for a second audition.

Monteith packed up his car and drove "20 hours without stopping" from Vancouver to L.A. and memorized Billy Joel’s greatest hits so he would have a song to perform when he got there. That's how Cory Monteith became Finn Hudson on Fox's "Glee." That's how he became what he always wanted to be - somebody else.

"You see this young, all-American quarterback-looking dude on the show and you immediately made assumptions," said Cory during an interview. "And people started identifying me with those assumptions. … I felt like I had to step in at some point and relate to people my experience and relate to people the truth of my life and where I come from."

Asked why he thought he turned to drugs as a kid, Monteith said, "Finding a place. For me it wasn't so much the substances per se, it was more about not fitting in. I hadn't found myself at all. I had no idea who I was."

The cast of "Glee"and several producers knew Cory Monteith was battling a heroin addiction earlier this year. It was no secret he was off his game back in March -- and that he was relapsing with heroin.

On March 30, the 31-year-old actor announced he "voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction" but couldn't defeat his demons when he overdosed from a lethal mixture of heroin and alcohol on July 13th.


Hollywood will, of course, capitalize $$$$$ on Cory's death with a dedication movie and tribute in his memory featuring the final pieces of his work. The late Glee star features in indie ensemble All The Wrong Reasons and played the "dark" character role of a manager of a big box department store.

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