The British Columbia Coroners Service has confirmed the cause of death for “Glee” star Cory Monteith.
Post-mortem testing, which included an autopsy and toxicological analysis, found that Mr. Monteith, aged 31, died of a mixed-drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol.
The investigation into this death by the BC Coroners Service is continuing, and no other details are available at this time. 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. When the investigation is concluded, a Coroners Report will be issued.
Monteith’s cousin, Richard, spoke to Canada’s Global News on M0nday saying:
Please don’t judge on what is gonna be coming out. 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. 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.
Monteith had voluntarily entered rehab in March and was working “to make steps toward recovery.” He had also told Parade magazine in a 2011 interview that he had struggled with substance abuse and addiction since his early teens.
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