Cory Monteith
Actor Cory Monteith arrives at the Do Something Awards in Santa Monica, California, 19 August 2012 (Reuters/Gus Ruelas)

Cory Monteith, a Hollywood actor best known for his role of Finn Hudson in the popular high school-themed television series Glee, has been found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, Canada.

Local police confirmed that the body of a 31-year-old man had been identified as Monteith. Authorities say there is no evidence of foul play, but have not yet revealed the cause of death; an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

A musician and actor, Monteith appeared in many television series, including Smallville, The Simpsons and Sisters & Brothers.

Hotel records show the We Are Young singer did not spend Friday night in his room. According to CNN, surveillance cameras show he returned alone early the next morning and his body was discovered by hotel staff at noon on Saturday.

"There were others with Mr Monteith in his room earlier last night, but video and fob key entries show him returning to his room by himself in the early morning hours and we believe he was alone when he died," acting police chief Doug LePard said in a statement, according to the Telegraph.

Drug Problems

In April, Monteith checked himself into a rehab facility, for substance abuse. His representative released this statement at the time:

"Cory Monteith has voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."

Two years ago, while speaking to Paradise magazine, Monteith touched on his substance abuse problems and admitted to having alcohol and marijuana problems.

"Anything and everything, as much as possible. I had a serious problem. I burned a lot of bridges. I was out of control," he said at the time, adding, "I'm lucky on so many counts -- I'm lucky to be alive."

Personal and Professional Lives

Monteith was dating Glee co-star, Lea Michele, 26; his two final films are in post-production and set to release later this year.

The first is All the Wrong Reasons, a drama about four people and their recovery from personal trauma. The second is McCanick, a crime/mystery thriller, in which Monteith plays a young criminal and co-stars with Mike Vogel and Rachel Nichols.


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