Glee star Cory Monteith has died in Vancouver at the age of 31.
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:
Co-star Mark Saling was the first person associated with the show to share a (very sad) reaction:
— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) July 14, 2013
Actor Iqbal Theba, who plays Principal Figgins, wrote:
OMG!! My Cory…
— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 14, 2013
Below is Monteith’s final tweet, where he spoke about SyFy’s Sharknado which aired Thursday night:
oh. IT'S A SHARK TORNADO.
— Cory Monteith (@CoryMonteith) July 12, 2013
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):