"Glee" star Cory Monteith dead at 31

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"Glee" star Cory Monteith dead at 31

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 14, 2013 | Comments ()


The body of Cory Monteith — who plays Finn on “Glee” — was found in a Vancouver hotel room yesterday, just after noon. Hotel staff discovered Montieth’s body after he missed his check out time. Montieth had been dead several hours before his body was found.

Police have not released a cause of death, although Montieth apparently has a history of substance abuse. Montieth was in a rehab facility as recently as last April.

Before he died, Montieth was with friends in Vancouver on Friday. He had spoken with director Adam Shankman early Saturday morning, saying that he’d wanted to come to L.A. and jet ski.

Montieth had been dating “Glee” co-star Lea Michelle.

Thirty one is too young.

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  • belle

    It's MontEIth.

  • LaraKLara

    I like to pretend that he just pulled a "Death Becomes Her" and is travelling with Elvis, Jim Morrison and the whole gang and just chilling in a mansion, so that we wouldn't become suspicious of his "eternal youth"

  • chanohack

    I like to pretend something like this about my friend from work-- that he somehow found a way to immediately retire and live a comfortable life in a warm climate with all the things he likes, and never has to go back to our horrible job again, but the catch was that he had to leave us all without saying goodbye. I like to pretend that he considered it, said "Sorry guys," and took the deal, like most of us would.

  • pissant

    That fuckin' blows. He seemed like a nice guy.

    This is gonna sound terrible, but...what fucking drugs was this guy abusing for the past decade or more? He convincingly (well, Hollywood convincingly) played a high school student when he was in his late 20s. I know I was surprised when I found out his age. Aren't drugs supposed to prematurely age you?

    Anyway, god damn tragedy. The guy pulled the whole struggling actor thing while driving taxis and school buses, and he finally made it. And now he's dead.

  • apsutter

    He said he started experimenting with drugs at 13! And that's actually a great point because he did look crazy young

  • e jerry powell

    And his last two tweets were about Sharknado.

  • Yocean

    Too effin young. 30s are supposed to be men's best years and he's been robbed of that. Sad sad face.

  • stella

    God that's so sad. Also, why is everyone dying?

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  • PDamian

    I watched the first season and half of the second season of Glee, then lost interest. But Cory was always my favorite part of the show. He had a sweetness to him that was very attractive -- and I like the tall ones, too. With his looks and talent, it seemed that he had a bright career ahead of him. What a terrible, horrible thing to happen.

    I remember Elton John saying that he supported AIDS victims like Ryan White because he could very well have been HIV+ himself, what with all the drugs and sex he had in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and that it was just his luck that he came through unscathed. Some addicts will recover, some will OD, some will just string along all their lives until they die broken. I will pray for Cory and those who loved him.

  • ViciousTrollop

    So sad. RIP, Cory.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That poor boy and his poor family.

  • chanohack

    My little brother and sister are Gleeks, and both are sort of devastated. We talked about it when I drove her to the airport this morning. She said, "They're going to have to kill him off on the show, and I'm not watching." At first I didn't understand what she meant-- but because it's "Glee," they're going to have a funeral for the character on the show and they're all going to SING about it, only the actors will be thinking about Cory, not Finn, and she's right, that doesn't sound like something anyone should watch.

    I'm really hoping "Glee" can handle this with some tact.

  • kimk

    There never seems any best way for shows to handle these types of tragedies, especially when the death is so unexpected, the character so central to the show, and the actor/actress so beloved (by all accounts, he was a good guy who was very well-liked by both co-workers and fans). In a way, those sort of episodes almost seem like joint catharsis for both those who work on the show and the fans (for example, how "News Radio" and "8 Simple Rules" addressed it).

    I just watched the final song from the pilot again and just... geez, just so sad.

  • apsutter

    I agree about it being cathartic for everyone involved. They can't just write the character off because that's just shitty and feels like they're just forgetting about this character that everyone loved. It addresses the elephant in the room and lets everyone grieve.

    And how sad was that Newsradio episode?

  • apsutter

    Whatever they do, it's going to be freaking heartbreaking

  • the chaplain

    I would like to add that while I am no longer a fan of Glee, there is no doubt that the show and his presence on the show had a positive impact on a lot of young people dealing with shit. I think Glee truly does make at least an attitudinal difference in the lives of people, and I salute Cory Monteith for his work.

  • chanohack

    He helped make a difference. That's all any of us can hope for.

  • Maguita NYC

    This. Kindness and graciousness are exactly what's needed to ease the pain of those suffering loss.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Dear Today,

    Could we not? I mean, could we please just fucking not do this? Please stop being so shitty.


  • Daniel Valentin

    I'm not a Gleek, but in the few episodes I've seen of the series, Montieth was one of the best things in all of them. It's very tragic that someone die so young, especially someone with a flourishing career. Who knows what he might have given us if he had lived longer.

  • Given that no cause of death has been released, if he was done in by an aneurysm or some sort of pre-existing or un-recognized heart/lung/whatever organ condition, then yeah, that is tragic and it's too bad.

    But if he went and killed himself with a OD, well...then that's his own damn fault. I've got no sympathy in me for that.

  • emmalita

    I've thought a lot about whether to post a response. You strike me as a good guy. Your comments are often intelligent and thoughtful. I am not trying to change the way you feel. I used to feel the way you do. Lots of addicts in my family, and my uncle, who was close enough to my age to be more like a big brother, died from an over-dose. I believe strongly in personal responsibility and accountability. I also am a total hard-ass when it comes to enabling. But, in the last 10 years I've become more empathetic towards addicts as I've watched my father struggle to attain some sort of sobriety. Also, the cousin to whom I am the closest has been fighting an epic battle with addiction. I know he wants to be sober. He's on his 7th rehab stint in 3 years - 6 of them he put himself in rehab, 1 was court mandated. I don't know if he's going to make it. He hasn't been able to stay sober longer than 6 weeks. When he finishes up this stint, he's going to try a different post-rehab situation, and I hope this one works. I didn't get the family addiction gene, but he seems to have gotten it twice. If he dies as a result of his addiction, or commits suicide, I'm going to be devastated in part because I know how hard he has tried to get sober and stay that way.

  • As a general rule, I am loathe to allow any but the vaguest of personal details to escape onto the Internet, but your comment deserves more than the flippant response the over wrought passive-aggressive further on upthread received.

    My experiences with addiction mirror androstarr's fairly closely, except that in my case it was a brother, and then later on a girlfriend. Both of them ended up killing themselves with it, but not before they dragged themselves, our respective families, and me through several different kinds of hell.

    Addicts specialize in broken promises the same way that politicians do, but where nobody with any sense believes a politician, there is always a part of you that wants to believe the addict. That thinks that this might actually be the last time. That you won't have to bail them out again, or search through derelict buildings for them, or clean them off again. That you can leave them alone for an hour without coming back to find them gone along with all of your easily pawnable property. When that part finally does burn out, though, it does so for good.

    Like I said earlier, if it was a medical problem, that I have sympathy for. That shit can strike down on you like a thunderbolt and leave you with a grip of unfinished business. But if it turns out to be drugs, the only sympathy I have in me is for his family, who are now going to have to deal with the consequences of a decision that they had no hand in making.

  • Kate at June

    He was 13. 13 when he began using substances, too young to truly understand the consequences that would follow for the rest of his life. He has my sympathy, and deserves it.

  • emmalita

    I suspected you had good reason for feeling the way you do. I also suspect my hardline stance on no drama and no enabling allows me to keep enough distance that my empathy doesn't get all used up.

  • Maguita NYC

    I am proud to be a member of your coven Emmalita.

  • annie

    It's not even been 24 hours. Now's not the time to be too cool for school. At least have sympathy for the people in his life who loved him—family, friends, fans—and who are completely heartbroken today, whether it was due to addiction or not, rather than just declaring not giving a shit about a dead guy who really did make an effort in his life to beat addiction and sometimes failed.

  • ironjohn

    I feel worse for you and the people in your life who try to love you. Hopefully they're able to do it unconditionally despite your stunted judgmental emotional myopathy.

  • Just FYI, in case something like this comes up in the future, 'myopathy' means 'muscular disease' and describes a condition in which muscle fibers do not function for any number of reasons. It has nothing whatsoever to do with emotion, judgement, or empathy.

    You probably got 'sociopathy' conflated with 'myopia', both of which are also things I do not suffer from.

  • ironjohn

    it's a metaphor. google that.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm guessing the word wanted was myopia, or short-sightedness.

  • firedmyass

    Regardless... don't be such a dick.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Why is he a dick? He's just offering perspective.

  • androstarr

    As the child of a life-long addict, I can say I agree with Quartermain. There is a small amount of sympathy in me for those who self-destruct, but not much. I feel much greater sympathy for those who were injured by his addiction.

  • profession: none, or starlet

    Can't we consider embracing the possibility of having sympathy for both?

    We don't know all that much yet about the aetiology and neurobiology of addiction. We do know it has a strong genetic component; maybe we'll yet find out that it's something that some of us simply have to struggle with far worse than others. Monteith had been struggling with it since the age of 13 or so, by all accounts. Maybe it's easy for me to say, since I don't have an addict in my immediate family, but I'm not comfortable writing off a death from a struggle with addiction that began at the age of 13 as 'selfish' and unworthy of sympathy.

  • androstarr

    I never said anything about "selfishness". I know that there are genetic factors to addiction. I know that addiction science is still trying to unravel this complex problem.

    I also know that I can't muster much sympathy for an addict. I feel a great deal of pity, but not sympathy. Pity says, "You poor wretch." Sympathy says, "My heart grieves for you." They are not the same.

    I feel sympathy for his friends, family, and loved ones who were harmed by his self-destructive behavior.

    I have seen the brutal truth of addiction up close and personal. I know what it is to have your parents lie to you, steal from you, manipulate you, leave you hungry, leave you cold, and just plain leave you. It is an ugly world full of heart break, betrayal, and disappointment.

    I can't see addicts as the unfortunate victims of life's cruel lottery. Addicts cause too much damage for me to see them as victims. Addicts make choices every day that lead to these sad conclusions.

  • profession: none, or starlet

    I'm sorry for your bad experiences, and what your parents did.

    I distinguish between the words somewhat differently, but let's not split hairs. If I had a strong personal stake in the discussion, I might well feel differently. From where I sit, though, I doubt that societal zero tolerance or lack of empathy with addiction in general will help science understand this topic or addicts manage their addictions. That doesn't obligate you personally to grieve for every one, for sure.

    We've had this discussion, or one very like it, before around suicide. Monteith didn't have kids, and did rehab twice. He appears to have been someone doing his best to grapple with it.I feel for anybody honestly trying to manage their own demons and live a good life.

  • androstarr

    As as society, Americans are a deeply punitive people. Look at our criminal justice system, our attitudes toward the poor, and the current brouhaha around immigration reform for examples. Americans, as a whole, believe that you get what you deserve.

    Addiction science is progressing not because Americans as a whole want to help addicts. It is progressing because addiction treatment is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are obscene amounts of money to be made in the treatment of addicts, so companies will do research. It does not require any warm fuzzy feelings on anyone's part, just greed.

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  • Kala

    This weekend has been brutal. Seriously, I can't handle any more bad news. Let's all cuddle kittens and puppies while eating s'mores.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    That's kind of my normal weekend.

  • emmalita


  • F'mal DeHyde


    ETA... not "really?" that you're hoping for the kittens and puppies, "really?" that you'd ask that in the first place. sheesh

  • Aislinn

    After been on Tumblr when the news broke, let me just say that now is not the fucking time to say how much you hate Glee.

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  • ZizoAH

    This morning could not have been worse. It was just bad news after bad news.

    This is so sad.

  • Mama

    I've always enjoyed Cory. I think he was talented & even though Glee can be cheesy at least all those kids really sing. 31.... Addiction is a terrible thing.

  • Maguita NYC

    This is disturbing news. He's just too young!

    Deepest condolences to his loved ones in this harrowing time.

  • Caity

    Too young. Too soon. Rest in peace Cory

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