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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 1:18 am, July 14, 2013 | Reviewed by

Glee star Cory Monteith has died in Vancouver at the age of 31.

Full coverage: Cory’s best Glee performances | Hollywood reacts to his passing

His death was confirmed by various sources on Saturday night, and Vancouver police announced the information just past 10 p.m. this evening.

The news was first reported by Canadian outlet CTV. Police say there is no indication of foul play.

Fox issued a statement shortly after his death was announced:

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”

Monteith was best known for his role as Finn on the Fox musical dramedy and was set to have a role in season 5 which kicks off this September.

His real life girlfriend Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry, shared a photo of the cast including Monteith during a photoshoot just two weeks ago.

The actor had struggled with substance abuse in recent years. His troubles occurred again in early 2013 which led Monteith to take a leave of absence from Glee season 4. He had recovered and was ready to shoot season 5.

Below is a photo of Monteith during the aforementioned photo shoot:

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Co-star Mark Saling was the first person associated with the show to share a (very sad) reaction:

Actor Iqbal Theba, who plays Principal Figgins, wrote:

Below is Monteith’s final tweet, where he spoke about SyFy’s Sharknado which aired Thursday night:

Cory Monteith was born May 11, 1982 in Alberta, Canada. The actor had roles in a variety of films including Final Destination 3, Deck the Halls, and the television show Kyle XY. In 2009 the actor was cast in Glee.

His Glee audition tape included a video of him drumming with pencils and plastic containers. You can see his and Michele’s audition tape below (Monteith’s part beings at 2:40):


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  • Ryanne

    My deepest condolences to his family and Lea.

  • Mike

    If this is true, my thoughts are with Lea, his friends and family both from the Glee Set and Personal.

  • Alyana W. Crescini

    please tell me this isn’t true

  • Jack F

    I don’t want to believe this, please not be true…

  • zara

    Is this confirmed?

    • Mike

      It just was

  • dillonmays

    There have been hoax’s since Friday and I was hoping that this was another one, but I’m sad that it’s not. Sad doesn’t even describe how one should feel about this.

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  • rdh014

    Prayers to his loved ones. This is seriously heart breaking.

  • zara

    I don’t even know what to say right now…

  • Anthony Rex

    Rest in Peace, Corey. May your demons no longer haunt you.

  • safaa

    omg RIP poor baby Lea :( i can’t even imagine what she’s going through right now.

  • Grace


  • Joey

    My stomach hurts so much right now… I feel like I’m gonna be sick. :’(

  • Sarah Gilligan

    I am so devastated to hear this has been confirmed. I had seriously thought he beat his addiction for a second time.

  • Glaciusx


  • Shocked

    The tragedy has nothing to do with Glee, it’s the fact that he was so young, had a supportive group of friends around him, and was still unable to conquer his demons. Very unfortunate for a young man who appeared to be changing his life around.

    R.I.P. Cory Monteith.

    • Caitlin Bauer

      I wish I could give this comment multiple up votes. This exactly sums up why I’m in such shock over this news. Rest In Peace Cory. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends

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    • Jonas Grumby

      Thanks so very much for saying it for all of us.

    • Grace Chen

      Why does this always seem to happen to good people?

  • Me

    I seriously feel sick. Completely shocked. I feel so sorry for his friends and family.

  • xoxoKellyLee

    I am completely shocked. RIP Cory Monteith. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

  • Antara Chowdhury

    I feel so sick. I can’t imagine how his family and friends, and Lea, are feeling right now. Cory was one of the nicest people I’d ever met. Rest in peace.

  • Deon Summerville

    Deeply saddened by the news about Cory Monteith. I hate to see anyone go, but the fact that someone whom I’ve watched grow on television as an actor, and more importantly a person is just so heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and the cast & crew of ‘Glee’. Rest in peace, bud.

  • lorepottter

    My heart aches, my eyes are crying….

  • Simone

    I’m in absolute shock, I can’t believe it OMG. R.I.P Cory, my thoughts go to his friends and family.

  • 7Starrchasers

    I can’t even believe this….this is HORRIBLE!

  • lastyearswishes

    How awful I can’t even

  • Genesis

    It’s just so…out of the blue. I know he was trying to deal with substance abuse, but…and the first thing I couldn’t help but think was “Oh my god, Lea.”

    • Gary65

      I was 1000% convinced this was another sick Twitter joke a la #RIPKanye. What is even happening? I don’t even like Glee &, when I saw this, my stomach just dropped. I mean…………………WTF is even happening? RIP :( Hopefully, this will open people’s eyes to the evils & dificulties of substance abuse, which has been so commonly trivialised by certain hosts on Glee Chat(not mentioning any names), the media, the government & the public in general. So sad :(

  • hannah

    cory i love you so much, my heart goes out to his family and lea, and the reast of the cast, i will miss him so much, he is the reason that i love glee, i will miss you so much cory :( i will miss you, you will always be in my heart

  • snuffles44

    Cory’s role as Finn showed the world that a typical all-American jock could still be artistic and accepting. His talents as an actor and a singer, in a small but meaningful way, have helped steer society’s views on acceptance and love. We were robbed of the wonderful performances he would have produced in his lifetime. RIP.

  • Lucas Colvara da Cunha

    #RIPCoryMonteith. I was watching “Stuck by a Lightning” when I decide to check my FB before go to bed and I read this fuc… tragic new. Really sad about it. As a truly Gleek, I’m really sorry with this lost. Drugs are something terrible. It is the truly demon. My condolences to all Glee Family, especially to Lea and of course, to Monteith Family.

  • sarahd15

    I just….I can’t believe it…his poor family. His friends….Lea…omg. RIP, I’m so sorry that you had so many struggles with your addiction Cory. I hope you’re in a better place now…

    Omg Lea :’(

  • Jeremy

    I’m in complete Shock. I feel for his family both real and Glee family but I feel for Lea alot. I know Glee may not be a perfect show but I feel people connect with it. Real life issues people deal with see it on the small screen and almost feel like you have a “friend” you can watch weekly who may be going through the same thing. I’ve had my ups and downs with the shows but the Cast really always made me love the show and It is why this news is so devastating to me.. Thank you Cory for always making us love you as Finn and as himself. Rest in Peace :(

  • Daniel Stuart

    Maybe it is because it is late and I am tiered but I can’t help crying. It is weird to think that an actor I never met has affected me this much in life and death.

  • Merina

    God bless him, poor guy.

  • Camila Arellano Bütikofer

    How can I be so sad for someone I’ve never met?! I’m crushed, feel sick, and still can’t believe it. Even tho i wasn’t a big fan of the last season, Glee is a serie that means so much to me, I love each character, I’ve learned something from each story, is imposible not to feel related to any character… My heart is broken and to all the other fans and Cory’s relatives and friends, I’m so sorry. There are no words for this kind of pain :( Cory Monteith, Rest In Peace.

  • Zack

    I think I’ve seen about 2-3 episodes of Glee, so I don’t know much about him. However, I’ve seen his face everywhere and I know his performances on the show.
    I’m shocked :( Even though I didn’t follow him or the show, it just scares and upsets me when something so shocking happens. It just goes to show that every day is a gift and to take nothing for granted, because one day everything can be gone.

    Rest in peace, Cory, and Lord, please help his friends and family through this time :(

  • Isak

    Honestly I think they should cancel or at least postpone Glee to mid-season or something. I’m deeply saddened.

    • Wanda

      I don’t agree. In order to keep his memory alive, the show must go on.

      • Isak

        I see what you mean, but it has to be postponed at the very least. They must change the scripts, decide the character’s fate, which is going to affect the whole story, and you also have to consider the fact that the whole cast will probably be out of their minds with grief, Lea Michele in the first place. We can’t just expect them to go on filming. Maybe canceling the show is too much, but to postpone it a bit just makes a lot of sense.

  • Heartbroken

    I’ve never been so shocked. No words.

  • Niki

    So sad!

  • Hl

    RIP Cory, he was a very fun and loved character on and off screen may his soul rest in piece

  • Azeem

    He was one of the consistently fantastic things about Glee. Sad to see him go so young. Rest in peace.

  • Thomas Bell

    I have been up for a while since the news of Cory’s passing just listening to a few Youtube video’s that are making me tear up, like the Regional Version of “Don’t Stop Believing.

    I just want to say, that I have gone through so many Celebrity deaths over my 35 years of life. but for some reason, this one has hit me the hardest so far. Glee has given me more drive to do what I love to do, which is entertain. Glee is a show about perseverance, and rising up to the challenges that we all face in our lives. The song that started it all, really stands as the anthem for us all, to keep pushing
    for what we want in life: our hopes, our dreams. Cory has given me hope that I am headed for greatness as well, we all are no matter our passion, we need to keep Believeing in ourselves my friends, and never stop. R.I.P. Cory, and thank you!

  • Tomicha

    I didn’t believe this when I read the headline. Very sad he was such a young guy.

  • rachelgurl19

    wow this is just really sad news

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  • Jake

    This makes me more sad than it probably should. I didn’t know this guy, yet this news still shocks me to the core.

  • Marie

    This is insane. I admit, I hated Finn, but he seemed like a nice guy trying to help himself. RIP

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    wait what? I watched a bit of glee and I wasn’t that into it but… I thought he was turning his life around and working on his issues… and then this. Just… what? He was so young. I don’t even know what to say…

  • Nerd

    RIP to Cory Monteith, you will be remembered forever.

  • Celia

    Such horrible news. OMG! I don’t even understand…..

  • grapes9h5

    terrible news. I stopped watching the show after season 2, but I still feel like he was an important person to me, someone I will miss.

  • Kit

    I can’t believe this. I’ve never seen Glee, but I saw him in Monte Carlo and I just can’t believe this. It’s so tragic. He was so young!

  • Jinx

    I still can’t believe this. I’ve never felt so sad and crushed for someone I’ve never met. My heart goes to his family, friends and Lea. Gone way too soon, RIP Cory :(

  • Grace

    What gets to me is that he died alone, that really broke my heart. All i can do is send my condolences to his family, friends and Lea. He was a good guy. RIP Cory x

  • LunaRose

    This is so sad this happened R.I.P. Cory Monteith.

  • Steph

    God this is just so horrible. I just can’t believe it. RIP Cory.

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