Cory Monteith of 'Glee' found dead in Vancouver hotel at the age of 31

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In this May 25, 2012 file photo, Canadian actor Cory Monteith looks on while attending a charitable announcement at Project Limelight, a not-for-profit children's theatre program, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver police say Canadian born actor Montieth, star of the hit show "Glee" has been found dead in city hotel. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)


(USA TODAY) -- The news seemed too sad to be true.

Cory Monteith, 31, died on Saturday at a Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver.

"We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss," confirms his publicist, Melissa Kates, to USA TODAY.

Word began to spread on Twitter at roughly 1 a.m. EST that the Glee star had passed away due to an apparent drug overdose. CTV British Columbia, a local news station based in Vancouver, appeared to report the news first,.

Vancouver police said in a news conference on Saturday evening Monteith was found at noon today on the hotel's 21st floor. He checked into the hotel on July 6, and was expected to check out on Saturday. When Monteith missed his checkout time at noon, hotel staff went to his room and found him.

"An autopsy is scheduled for Monday," said Vancouver Acting Police Chief Doug LePard in a press conference. "The Coroner will be determining the next steps with respect to establishing cause of death, but all indications are that there was no foul play."

Monteith voluntarily admitted himself into a rehab facility in March for substance addiction. In late April, the star completed the program and checked out. His last public outing was with his girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michelle at the the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in June.

Monteith even joined in on the Sharknado social media phenomenon on June 12, asking his 1.5 million followers what exactly "a Sharknado" was.

Monteith shot to fame when Glee launched in 2009. 

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