RIP Glee Star Cory Monteith: 1982 – 2013

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Canadian actor Cory Monteith, best known for playing Finn Hudson on Fox’s “Glee,” was found dead on Saturday in his Vancouver hotel room. He was 31.

Reuters reports that police and paramedics found no signs of foul play and the cause of death was not immediately apparent.

Monteith had previously talked about his problems with substance abuse. In response to a question about whether Monteith died of a drug overdose, Vancouver Police Department acting chief Doug LePard said he would “not discuss anything that we might have found in the room at this time.”

Monteith had been dead for several hours when his body was discovered by police and paramedics answering an emergency call. An autopsy was set for Monday.

The “Glee” executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company issued the following statement:

“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.”

UPDATE: The British Columbia Coroners Service says that the “Glee” star died from a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.”

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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