Cory Monteith’s Cause of Death Is Exactly What We Feared

cory monteithWe have a sad update to the story of 31-year-old Cory Monteith's unexpected death. The Vancouver, Canada police have announced that according to the British Columbia Coroners Service, Cory Monteith died of "mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol." It's what we'd feared -- and what we'd suspected. Cory lost his battle against substance abuse. In a statement, the coroner's office said, "There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident."

I'm horribly sorry to hear this was Monteith's cause of death. I was hoping it could have been something else, a freak aneurysm, anything. I wanted to believe rehab earlier this year had worked for him, that Lea Michele's love could sustain him. In the end, neither was enough. I don't know what anyone else could have possibly done to prevent this death.

We still know very little at this point -- what triggered his relapse, how he got the drugs and alcohol, and who was enabling him. Police believe he was alone at the time, which is utterly heartbreaking. We do know that as a seasoned addict (his history with substance abuse goes way back, to his early teens), he knew how to hide it well.

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An ex-girlfriend, Mallory Matoush, says, "Cory kept me in the dark about his drug use." She says he just seemed like a "happy guy" to her. He'd told her about his earlier struggles, but he never did drugs in front of her, and she saw him drink only moderately. She was shocked to hear about his death. "He had so much more to do. He would have done so many good things with his life."

According to TMZ, Cory was living a double life. While in Los Angeles he showed up for work sober, every single time. But when he returned home to Vancouver, his friends would weaken his resolve. His family, Lea, and sober supportive friends were aware of and deeply concerned about these relapses in Canada.

How do you feel knowing that it's been confirmed that drugs and alcohol caused Cory Monteith's death?


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Kara Morrow McMullen

It is what I suspected.  Not really shocking, but oh so very sad.  Prayers and thoughts for Lea Michele and the entire Glee cast.  It won't be the same without him.

kelti... kelticmom

That is so sad. Who would ever look at that young man and even suspect that he was a heroin addict? Addiction is such a terrible, undiscriminating disease.

Marin... Marine101

I've seen drugs change people and they do bad things to get their fix. I feel bad for him, but it's the same as anybody else today suffering from addiction. Some can see the signs and others can't. Also, how the hell does somebody with years of drug abuse doing the one thing that could kill him in the end. Perhaps he was depressed. Anyways, this sucks... but, at least he's free now and I bet in like a week everybody will forget anyways. 

Bunches McGuinty

sorry, LOST HIS BATTLE? This is a rich kid, a "star" that did drugs. If he was a poor kid, black or white or hispanic or whatever, found like that no one would give a flyin monkees. In fact, I'm certain a few people died last night.

Where is their outrage?

And Addiction is NOT a disease. No one is sitting at home and discovers a lump in their breast to find out they have an ADDICTION. Doing drugs is a CHOICE. Yeah, he CHOSE to do drugs. It got him addicted. He CHOSE not to clean up. He CHOSE this lifestyle, and it killed him.

Lets see some real news. And step off the celebrity band wagon.

nonmember avatar jennifer chiodo

Sadness is the only word I have!! Rest in Peace sweet Cory, your struggle is over!! I will keep praying for Cory's family, friends, Lea and the entire Glee cast. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

hopea... hopealways4019

He was a grown man, his friends didnt hold him down and force those drugs in him, it was his free will, he choose to do drugs. He admitted he had a drug problem, he should have took it and owned it, and been responsible for his own addiction. But he was weak, he let drugs own him, he unfortunately lost the battle. Rip.

Hello... HelloKittyCrazy

Very tragic. He should have left Vancouver. You can't go back into the same circle until you've at least got a couple of few years of sobriety under your belt. And even then its iffy. I know first hand. As of next month I celebrate 8yrs sober myself. Major prayers for Lea.word around is they were engaged and moving in together

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