Cory Monteith’s cause of death has been confirmed as a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.
The British Columbia Coroners Service revealed Tuesday that Monteith died of a mixed-drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol. The investigation into his death is continuing and no other details are available at this time.
In the report, the British Columbia Coroners Service adds, “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.”
The “Glee” star was found dead in a hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in downtown Vancouver on July 13 after failing to meet checkout time. Hotel staff called paramedics, who later declared him dead on the scene. He was just 31 years old.
After the tragic news was announced, members of his Fox family expressed their condolences. A rep for his on-screen and off-screen love, Lea Michele, asked for privacy during this “devastating” time. Other “Glee” co-stars mourned the loss, as well: Matthew Morrison performed a show in honor of the later actor, and Naya Rivera said he will “always will be a part of my own family.”
On Monday, Monteith’s cousin, Richard, spoke with Canada’s Global News about the star’s passing.
“Please don’t judge on what is gonna be coming out,” he said. “Glass half full. All the good things that he’s done. There’s more things on that side to focus on.”
“Because he is such a high profile guy, you know it is not going to end there,” he added. “There is going to be ridicule about — he has done this or that — and I just hope people know it is not about that. … His life was full of beautiful stories, triumphs, failures and successes that it does not matter what his problems were. … It matters how many lives he changed and that he was genuine.”
The “Glee” actor voluntarily entered rehab for the second time in March to make steps toward recovery. He previously discussed battling substance abuse in his teens, telling Parade magazine in a 2011 interview he had a “serious [drug] problem.”