By Lynn Elber
and Jeremy Hainsworth
VANCOUVER, British Columbia: Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an overnight star as a high school quarterback-turned-singer in the hit TV series Glee but had battled addiction since his teenage years, was found dead of undisclosed causes in a hotel room, Vancouver police said. He was 31.
Police said Sunday that an autopsy is expected to take place today to determine the cause of death. Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said late Saturday there was no indication of foul play.
The Canadian-born actor, who played Finn Hudson on the Fox TV series about a high school glee club, was found dead around noon Saturday in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront, according to police.
Monteith had openly talked about struggling with addiction since he was a teenager, saying he had a serious problem and took just “anything and everything.” He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was “lucky to be alive.”
In April, Monteith checked himself in to a treatment facility for “substance addiction” and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time. It was not his first time in rehab. He received treatment when he was 19.
Lea Michele, his Glee co-star and real-life girlfriend, told People magazine at the time that she loved and supported him and was proud he was seeking help.
Michele was requesting privacy after receiving news of Monteith’s death, said her representative, Molly Kawachi of ID-PR.
Monteith’s body was found by hotel staff who entered his room after he missed his check-out time, LePard said. Monteith had checked into the hotel on July 6.
“We do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death,” said British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe. She said further tests would be needed to determine how Monteith died.
LePard said Monteith had been out with people earlier and that those people are being interviewed.
Video and electronic records from the hotel indicate Monteith returned to his room by himself early Saturday morning, and he was believed to be alone when he died, LePard said.