“Glee” actor Cory Monteith died as the result of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol, Canadian authorities have determined.

Monteith, 31, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room July 13, two months after he departed from a drug rehab center in April for substance addiction. He had also received treatment at the age of 19.

Monteith was known for his role in the popular Fox television series “Glee,” in which he played the character Finn Hudson, a role for which he had been nominated for 10 awards and won three since the show debuted in 2009.

“Glee” was the fourth-highest earning show last year, with $2.83 million ad revenue per half hour, behind “Two and a Half Men,” “The X Factor,” and “American Idol.” The fifth season of “Glee” is expected to premiere on Sept. 19.

Since beginning his acting career at age 22, Monteith appeared in several movies and television shows including “The Simpsons,” “Smallville” and “Final Destination 3.”

Monteith told Parade Magazine in 2011 that he was “lucky to be alive” after struggling with his addiction problems.

Monteith was dating co-star Lea Michele, who issued a statement thanking the public for their support. “Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them,” Michele’s representatives said in a statement. “They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together.”

“Mr. Monteith’s family has been made aware of the circumstances surrounding the death,” the British Columbia coroner’s office said in a statement. “On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.”


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer