Over two-and-a-half months after his death, the British Columbia Ministry Of Justice has released the details of Cory Monteith‘s coroner’s report. The 31-year-old Glee star was found dead,”in a collapsed position” at the Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on July 13 at approximately 12:00 p.m., according to the official report.
Investigators on the scene turned up no evidence of foul play. Monteith “had been dead for several hours,” according to the report, and “a spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle, along with two empty champagne bottles and glasses” were found.
While the autopsy on Monteith’s body found “no evidence of fatal injury, illness or disease,” a toxicological analysis found “the presence of ethyl alcohol at a level…consistent with a moderate level of intoxication.”
The coroner, Claire Thompson, concluded the following:
I find that Cory Allan Michael Monteith died in Vancouver on July 13, 2013 of combined heroin and alcohol toxicity. I classify this death as accidental and make no recommendations.
Last week Glee returned to Fox for a fifth season — the first without Monteith, who had been a series regular since the 2009 pilot episode. Tonight (October 3) will wrap up a two-part Beatles-themed arc, ahead of next week’s episode “The Quarterback,” which will deal with the death of Monteith’s character Finn Hudson.
Two weeks ago Glee actress Jane Lynch paid tribute to Monteith at the Emmy Awards.
“Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback turned wide-eyed, heartfelt glee singer,” Lynch said during her speech. “And from the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him.”
Cory Monteith’s full coroner’s report can be viewed here.
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