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.