On Saturday, fans were stunned to learn Cory Monteith was discovered dead in a Vancouver hotel room.
Just 31 years old, the Calgary-born actor, best known for his role on “Glee,” is believed to have suffered an apparent drug overdose. He was found alone at the scene and investigators believe he had been alone several hours prior to his death.
The Vancouver Police Department have yet to determine the cause of death. The toxicology report results from his autopsy, scheduled today, have been accelerated “due to intense public interest” by “two or three days,” according to E! News.
In the days leading up to the tragic events, Cory was said to be in high spirits. Last Thursday, the actor joined one of his mentors, Maureen Webb, the co-founder of a local charity and his manager, Elena Kirschner, at East of Main restaurant.
It was “a quiet night with a lot of laughing,” said Maureen, who spoke to E! News. “He looked so good, so healthy…I hadn’t seen him look that good in a long time…He was in great spirits.”
Cory had planned the dinner, said Maureen, because he wanted to get more involved with the non-profit arts program Project Limelight Society—a cause he supported since its 2011 launch. There was no alcohol with their meal.
On July 6, the day he checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel and suddenly died, Cory was seen visiting a nearby coffee shop and enjoying the company of a couple friends. A source told TMZ he had been laughing and drinking with friends the day of his death. Stating he drank a few beers over the course of a few hours, and didn’t seem out of control or wasted. In photos on TMZ’s site, he isn’t photographed drinking, however a female friend beside him is holding two beer cans, one is presumably Cory’s. The actor possibly didn’t want to be in any pictures, given his recent voluntary stint in rehab for substance abuse.
A statement from “Glee” executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company: "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."