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July 17, 2013  | by: Paris Close
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Instagram (corymonteith)

 

Cory Monteith, popularly known for his portrayal of the irresistible and charming Finn Hudson on Fox’s Glee, was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, July 13. He was 31.

When Fairmount Pacific Rim staff members entered Monteith’s hotel room after he missed his scheduled checkout time, no one would have imagined finding the haunting image of Monteith’s dead body waiting beyond the doorway. Shortly after, the Vancouver Police Department ruled out foul play as the cause of death.

On Tuesday, July 15, an autopsy report revealed a fatal mix of heroin and alcohol was responsible for his death.

I fell in love with Cory Monteith around the same time all of America did, during his days on Glee. Monteith played the character of Finn, our singing, dancing goofball-of-a-kid and pretty much what every girl (and I) wanted in their guy. The greatest thing about the star is that these were all genuine attributes of Monteith’s character, both on and off the screen.

Instagram (corymonteith)

Instagram (corymonteith)

 

After a long 8-hour work shift, I came home, tumbled through my Facebook timeline to the head-spinning headline that read, “R.I.P. Glee’s Cory Monteith Found Dead in Vancouver.” At first glance I was sure I had read the title incorrectly. I tried convincing myself the death was of Monteith’s character Finn, on the show, but the weight of the harsh reality was too devastating to bare.

Monteith was a kind human being of the gentle-giant variety. This was a man I’d once had plastered all over my dorm wall, my Hollywood crush. While I was shattered by this heartbreaking news, I could only imagine how his family, friends and girlfriend Lea Michele were managing the loss. Michele has yet to give an official response to the news but her camp has asked those to respect her privacy at this time.

Monteith had been in and out of the spotlight, coping with day-to-day Hollywood expectations while combating a substance addiction. In March, he voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility, completing the program the following month. He seemed to be having a great year, living a healthier lifestyle with the help of Michele, and was all smiles whenever the cameras were flashing.

Instagram (corymonteith)

Instagram (corymonteith)

 

Although we mourn together over the loss of an incredible actor, friend and son; he was most certainly loved by all who were in his presence. Immediately after the shocking news surfaced, celebrities and co-stars flocked to Twitter, sending their dearest condolences to their beloved friend:

Harry Shum Jr: “At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn’t seem real to me. I love you Cory.”

Nina Dobrev: “I’m gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory’s family and friends. Let’s respect their space as they grieve.”

Kristin Chenoweth: “RIP Cory Montieth. You will be loved. Always.”

Ellen DeGeneres: “My heart breaks for the friends and family of Cory Monteith. What a loss.”

One thing is for sure, Monteith’s death was not in vain. He’s left behind a legacy of laughter, charm and compelling wit.

To the amiable gentleman with a warm heart, you will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Cory.

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