According to the Vancouver police, Cory Monteith, a star of the Fox series Glee, was found dead in Vancouver on Saturday.
Monteith’s body was discovered at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel shortly after noon. According to the Vancouver Police Department, he checked into the hotel on July 6 and was due to check out on Saturday. When he failed to do so, the staff went into the room and found him.
Police chief said Monteith had been out with people earlier and that those people were being interviewed. However, video footage had shown the actor returning to his room by himself after an evening out with friends on Friday.
Police and paramedics found no signs of foul play and the cause of death was not immediately apparent, British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe told reporters at a news conference. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.
“…On behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith,” acting police chief Doug LePard said in a statement.
“As was the case in countless homes, I watched ‘Glee’ regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.”
Adam Shankman, who directed an episode for each of the past three seasons, told CNN’s Poppy Harlow that he had talked to Monteith on Saturday morning. The actor said he wanted to come down to California to Jet Ski, CNN writes.
Shankman said Monteith was the glue of “Glee.” He was always welcoming, whether it was to a guest director or a new cast member, Shankman said.
In a short statement, Cory’s publicist Melissa Kates said: “We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.”
In a statement on their “Glee” Twitter page, the executive producers of the show and Fox said they were “deeply saddened by this tragic news”.
Dot-Marie Jones, who plays the football coach at the fictional William McKinley High tweeted: “I have no words! My heart is broken. Cory was not only a hell of a friend, he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever.
“I am blessed to have worked with him and love him so much! My heart is with his family and our whole Glee family! I love you all!”
Cory Monteith, who was dating fellow Glee star Lea Michele, led a troubled life. Mr. Monteith, who had played front man and heart throb Finn Hudson since the hit show began in 2009, had been treated for drug addiction and reportedly had a history of substance-abuse.
In April, a representative for Monteith, whose “Glee” character was a high school football player turned enthusiastic glee club – or musical group – singer, said the actor was at a rehabilitation facility for an unspecified substance addiction, reports Independent. Monteith returned for another stint of rehab in March, but appeared to be healthy and in good spirits last month.
Mr. Monteith had been a popular fixture on Glee since the show started in 2009. In 2011, his portrayal of quarterback-turned-singer Finn Hudson won him a Teen Choice Award for top actor in a comedy, and the whole cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble work in a comedy in 2010.
On his Twitter account, Monteith described himself as “tall, awkward, canadian, actor, drummer, person”.