Cory Monteith Autopsy Reveals Heroin and Alcohol Caused Death

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The British Columbia Coroners Service has concluded that “Glee” star Cory Monteith died as a result of heroin and alcohol.

An autopsy and toxicological analysis, performed Monday, said “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol” killed the 31 year-old actor.

Monteith was found at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on Saturday.

The investigation into his death is still ongoing but Canadian authorities call the incident a “most tragic accident.”

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“Mr. Monteith’s family has been made aware of the circumstances surrounding the death,” the BC Coroners Service said in a statement. “On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Monteith checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on July 6 and had been expected to check out on July 13 but never left his room. Hotel staff found the actor’s lifeless body shortly after noon on Saturday.

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Monteith, born in Victoria, British Columbia, had a history of substance abuse, telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he began using drugs at 13 and by 19 was in rehab for using “anything and everything, as much as possible.”

“I’m lucky on so many counts,” the actor said. “I’m lucky to be alive.”

Monteith was scheduled to return to “Glee” for a fifth season this fall.

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In a statement released over the weekend, “Glee” executives said they were “deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person.”

Monteith recently wrapped shooting his final acting role, the independent film “McCanick,” in which he plays a drug-addicted street hustler.

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  1. If you are someone that’s been using and experimenting with all kinds of drugs it is very difficult to take an accidental overdose.I deeply feel saddened by such a loss,someone who was much loved,and an exceptional acting,singing career,so wasted of a life.

  2. cadavra says:

    I continue to be baffled by young, rich and famous celebs who apparently need to send themselves to an early grave, despite mountains of evidence that hard drugs are lethal. Sorry, but I’ll save my tears for those whose deaths were not preventable.

    • Beth Antonia says:

      Addiction is a disease,baffling,cunning ,and devastating. It’s a misconception that people choose addiction. Some people hit bottom and decide to get help and some people’s bottom sadly is death. It warrants my tears.

  3. My deepest sorrow at the loss of such a young man in his prime.
    Many celebs have drug dealer hanger on’s who wish to party with the celebrity.. they want to make an impression so they can get drug referrals for pure stuff. Afghanistan heroin is one such drug that is deadly and on the streets and in communities of the north east.
    It “appears” Cory died by accident not knowing the deadly strength of the drug mixed with alcohol ingestion.
    Also many accidents happen because they become so high they forget the last dosage they took.
    This is only my opinion. R.I.P

  4. Aubri says:

    Drugs are evil

  5. Tom Nefeldt says:

    The word “accident” here means he didn’t INTEND to kill himself.

  6. Mjkbk says:

    Unless the poor guy took heroin thinking it was insulin, this was no “accident”. But it certainly IS “tragic”. BEYOND tragic.

    Guess we were lucky to have you as long as we did, Cory. RIP, dear soul.

  7. Just Confused says:

    What can you say

    When there are no words

    Tragic and heartbreaking

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