The Canadian actor’s body was found just after noon at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver police confirmed at a news conference Saturday night. They did not give a cause of death, but foul play was not suspected.
Monteith had recently finished a stint in rehab for substance abuse, after previously seeking help for addiction at age 19.
“On behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith,” acting chief Doug LePard said. “As was the case in countless homes, I watched ‘Glee’ regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.”
As Finn Hudson on “Glee,” Monteith helped make it cool again to sing on scripted shows. He served as a surrogate for those in the audience who weren’t sure about embracing music — and delivered jawdropping renditions of songs like U2’s “One” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”
We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person,” Fox said in a statement on behalf of the network, the show’s producers and 20th Century Television. “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.”
Monteith had seemed to have turned a corner recently, emerging from rehab and appearing last month with girfriend and co-star Lea Michele at a charity ball.
Police responded within minutes of receiving a call from the BC Ambulance Service regarding a sudden death in a room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at 1038 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.
Upon arriving at the scene, paramedics advised the officers that Monteith was dead. Coroner’s staff was also on the scene.
Officials said no cause of death was apparent at this time, but that Monteith had been dead for several hours before his body was discovered.
According to the police statement, Monteith checked into the hotel on Saturday, July 6 and was due to check out Saturday. Monteith had guests Friday night, but video and key entry records show him returning by himself in the early morning, and police believe he was alone when he died.
Hotel staff discovered his body after he missed check-out. Forensic detectives joined the investigation and police have secured hotel video and room access records.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The Coroner will be determining the next steps with respect to establishing cause of death, but all indications are that there was no foul play.
Born in Calgary on May 11, 1982, Monteith began his acting career in Vancouver.
An original “Glee” castmember, Monteith played football jock-turned-lovable-lead singer Finn Hudson since the Fox series debuted in 2009. He also stars in the upcoming independent film, “All the Wrong Reasons.”
The actor admitted himself into a facility for substance addiction earlier this year and completed the treatment program in April.
The actors representatives didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on his death.
Monteith leaves behind his parents Joe Monteith and Ann McGregor, who raised him as a single mother, and a brother, Shaun.