The official death report for Cory Monteith has been released, and sadly it confirms that the Glee actor did in fact die from a mix of heroin and alcohol. Reports of this combination being the cause of Monteith's untimely death have been speculated since his passing in July, but this makes exactly what we all feared official. And, adding insult to injury, it gets worse.
On Wednesday, the British Columbia Coroners said that a spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle were found in Monteith's Vancouver hotel room the night of his death, as well as two empty champagne bottles. The report notes that Cory "had a history of illicit drug use with intermittent periods of rehabilitation and of abstinence from drugs"; and the coroner suggested that Cory's death may have, indirectly, been due to his recent stint in rehab. The report states that his tolerance for substance abuse may have been lower than usual because he had stopped using since he left a rehab facility in April. Heartbreaking in every sense of the word.
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Cory was so close to being on the straight and narrow. He did it once before, and then, in a moment of weakness, he caved and died because of it. It's so upsetting to think that someone who lived with a substance abuse problem for so long -- and then got clean -- may have passed away because of his lowered tolerance; because of that time he did the right thing. It's like a cruel joke, or a weird catch 22.
Of course Cory's death wasn't because he had a period of being clean. The cause of his death was drugs. But something about hearing that there may have been a correlation to his lowered tolerance after not using for a while just stings, and makes the whole thing all the more depressing.
RIP, Cory. Glee just isn't the same without you.
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