The entertainment world was shocked Saturday night when Vancouver police announced Cory Monteith, the actor who played Finn on Fox's Glee, was found dead in a hotel room Saturday afternoon after a year spent struggling with addiction.
Doug LePard, acting chief of Vancouver police, told reporters Saturday night that the 31-year-old Monteith, a Victoria, British Columbia native, was found by hotel staff shortly after noon on Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The actor, who broke out playing Finn Hudson on the Fox show, had missed his check out and staff found his body in the room, alone, when they went to check on him. Family, co-workers and fans have to wait for the autopsy and investigation results to find out exactly what killed the fresh-faced star, but police are trying to piece together what happened in the 24 hours leading to Monteith's death. LePard ruled out foul play when speaking with reporters, and said hotel security video showed Monteith leaving with friends Friday evening only to return to his room alone early Saturday morning.
Monteith had a serious history with substance abuse, which crept back into his life earlier this year, forcing Glee writers to explain him off the back half of last season. He checked into a rehab facility in March -- his second stint searching for recovery, the last coming when he was just 19 years old.