Heartbreaking, absolutely devastating news tonight. According to Vancouver police, beloved Glee actor Cory Monteith has been found dead in a hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. The cause of death is not yet known, but foul play has apparently been ruled out. After Monteith reportedly missed check-out time, hotel staff found him deceased in his room. Cory was just 31 years old.
I'm completely reeling on this one. It's like a blow to the gut. Another inspiring, talented, insanely likable, and painfully young celebrity gone too soon. News like this makes you just want to hit rewind and then pause on the moment before you found out it was true. Cory Monteith, the guy who stole our hearts in that very first episode of Glee, gone from this world forever ...
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Of course, we're all wondering if the addiction demons Monteith has been fighting (goddamn, I hate them) are to blame. Cory has spoken openly about his past history with drug and alcohol addiction. He entered rehab at age 19 but then managed to land the Glee gig at age 27. However, a few months ago, Monteith once again checked himself into rehab for "substance abuse, a program he completed at the end of April. Since then, he has been spotted on the red carpet, hanging out looking happy with girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele, and back to work on the Season 5 set of Glee. Everything looked like it was on the up and up. And maybe it was. We still don't know ... An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Our hearts go out to Monteith's friends and family and, of course, to Lea Michele. Their lives have been rocked and completely changed forever today. Please give them all strength.
We miss you so much already Cory!
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