Cory Monteith, who shot to fame in the hit TV series Glee but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, has been found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday, police said. He was 31.
Glee's Facebook page and Twitter feed posted on behalf of the show's crew. Glee is currently in its fourth season. The ensemble cast show featuring Monteith launched in 2009.
- Statement on behalf of: 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.
- Co-stars, crewmates and other actors who guest-starred on the show in the past posted their condolences and expressed their own shock and sadness at Monteith's death.
- CBC's Jian Ghomeshi interviewed Monteith on CBC Radio's Q in November 2009. The Canadian actor was born in Calgary and moved to Vancouver Island as a child.
- Monteith also appeared on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, most recently in 2011: