Cory Monteith’s Cause Of Death Revealed


Late Saturday we learned the sad news that Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead at the all-too young age of 31 inside a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the time, we learned that the autopsy would take place Monday July 16. As expected, the initial results from the autopsy yesterday, as reported by CBS News, did not reveal an official cause of death but the early indications were that there was nothing to indicate that he died due to drug use. Just moments ago, TMZ updated their site with the bold headline CORY MONTEITH Cause of Death HEROIN AND ALCOHOL but no information at all was initially published to the site to go along with the claim. UPDATE: The BC Coroners Service has released the official cause of death.

The cause of actor Cory Monteith’s death remained unclear Monday, and authorities in Canada said it could take several days before toxicology test results are in. Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham said there’s nothing to indicate the “Glee” star’s death was due to illicit drug use. Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, according to police, who have ruled out foul play.

In spite of this CBS Report, this is what TMZ posted at 1:43 PM PT today:

The site has since been updated with the following information:

Cory Monteith died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol … this according to Canadian authorities. The British Columbia Coroners Service says an autopsy and toxicological analysis show that the 31-year-old “Glee” star died on from a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.”

Toxicology reports usually take weeks to come back but either this is a special case or TMZ has got the inside scoop. In any event, we are hearing a couple of very different things about Monteith’s cause of death. I suggest caution when taking at face value any report that comes out so quickly. It really doesn’t matter if we find out the official cause of death today or next month, Cory is gone. If the TMZ report is true about the heroin and alcohol, then that just adds to the tragic circumstances surrounding Cory’s sad death.

UPDATE: Blah. It looks like the TMZ report is true, here is the official statement from the British Columbia Coroners Service:

The BC Coroners Service says Cory Monteith died of “a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” The results of an autopsy and toxicological analysis were released on Tuesday afternoon. “It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident,” read a news release issued by the BC Coroners Service, which is continuing its investigation and will issue a Coroners Report once the investigation is concluded. Mr. Monteith’s family has been made aware of the circumstances surrounding the death, according to the news release. “On behalf of his family, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time,” reads the release. “The BC Coroners Service expresses its sincere condolences to Mr. Monteith’s family and friends.”

Ugh … just sad. Rest in peace, Cory. Rest in peace.

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  • Whit
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  • Reagan

    I’m not surprise by the initial autopsy results but it’s still heartbreaking he relapsed. I said it before and I will say it again he shouldn’t have been there alone

  • Cee

    While my heart is breaking for Cory’s family, now this is confirmed, why do I feel angry? I really wanted to believe that this wasn’t the case.

  • Karen

    So sad. And sad to imagine how he must have been feeling leading up to that night — unable to stop himself from doing something that he knew was wrong for him and his life, disappointed in himself.

    So many people said how Cory was excited about the future and making plans for things to be involved in. It just makes me feel so sad for him — that this addiction got in his way and he couldn’t overcome it, and that he didn’t get another chance to try.

    I hope the friends he was with that day had no idea Cory had relapsed again. Otherwise I’m angry at them for leaving him alone. Though I know it’s not their fault; it’s only his/the addiction’s fault.

    • Joan

      I agree, the fact that he was actively trying to get better makes it all the more upsetting to me. I can’t imagine how his family and close friends must feel because one inevitably has to wonder whether they could have, some way, changed the devastating outcome. It’s just terribly sad.

  • Krissy

    Very, very sad.

  • Alecia

    This is so sad but it goes to show, no matter how powerfully an addict wants to live a good and prosperous life, the illness of addiction is always lurking behind every corner.
    Drugs aren’t worth a life, they just aren’t.

  • Kent

    more heartbreak :(
    Addiction has taken yet another young life … I know he reached out for help and I wish he had kept on reaching out and reaching out and reaching out … damn. My heart goes to his family and his friends.

  • janaegal

    This is just heartbreaking, addiction is an awful disease.

    And damn it if I don’t HATE tmz for that picture. It makes it seem like a joke to them.

    • Krissy

      I have had a lot of hate for TMZ recently…They just keep getting worse and worse.

  • Tonya

    I expected his death to be directly or indirectly caused by his addiction but I never expected heroin. That part shocks me. What a sad end to an already sad story.

  • Mela

    The fact that he did it to himself makes this more sad for me, because no matter how he got addicted, this had a hold over his life and unfortunately some people do not get control back over their lives. This guy, whether an addict or not, was a genuinely cool young man who helped breathe new life into music for probably millions of kids, and helped reignite the flame of music in the school systems, showing the world that music can connect anyone, even the nerd and the high school jock. Peace out Cory…see you on the midnight train someday.

  • jillcasey

    As much I didn’t want this to be the case, I had a looming feeling these are the results we would get. Just knowing I could have been in his family’s position if my dad hadn’t made the decision to get sober exactly 8 years ago today is absolutely shaking me to the core.

    If there’s any good to come from his untimely and incredibly tragic passing, let’s hope this can be a lesson to his youthful fans. Drugs (and sometimes alcohol) are extremely dangerous and not to be taken lightly.

    I can only hope he’s resting in peace and that his family and friends can grieve in a healthy way.

  • nicole

    i still cant shake that gut wrenching feeling about this, and i have no idea why this upsets me so much. its just so sad. i was hoping it was a different reason, but i think we all kind of knew this was the cause. :(

  • Steph

    If he was trying to stay clean, why in the world would his friends party with him in East Van?? East Vancouver is notorious for its drug use, it even has a clean needle program. I’m sorry, but those are not friends. That is what is bothering me about all of this… he was out with people who knew he struggled with drug use and they did nothing to help him.

    • Krissy

      That is an interesting point.

    • ClaireMichelle

      Reading this post just broke my heart over this all over again. It makes me so sad that he wasn’t with people that loved or respected him more. I hope the people he was with are, at the very least, apologizing to his family and Lea and seriously thinking about their lives and what they have done. Ugh, this all just makes me so sad.

    • ClaireMichelle

      I’m regretting immediately how angry I sound toward his friends that were out with him that night. Basically I just hope that they are learning from this, too.

      Ugh, it’s just all so sad. Rest in peace, Cory.

    • nicole

      i read that the people he would hang out with, were the ones he did drugs with in the first place, i would assume thats why none of them stopped him.

    • t*

      You are asking addicts to stop addicts. They are all sick and struggling this is no one’s fault. They probably all started using at teens for fun but didn’t/couldn’t stop. This is the life of an addict. Pointing fingers at this point won’t help anyone. If anything maybe this will be the wakeup call they all need. This happens every day but most ppl aren’t famous. I feel for everyone this hurt.

  • Samantha

    I lost someone to a drug overdose and while it has been almost 15, I don’t think i’ll ever get over it. My heart is breaking for Corey’s family and friends.

  • Amanda


  • Truth!


  • Kate

    It just shows that instant world-wide fame is destructive. Perhaps the entertainment industry needs to provide support for those who are suddenly thrown into a crazy life for which they are not prepared.