Glee star Cory Monteith has died, several news sources are reporting, but an official announcement has not been made. (Update: Official confirmation has been made by Vancouver Police, livestream below.)
Late night Twitter reports suggesting Cory Monteith has died in a Vancouver hotel room of an apparent drug overdose have circulated on several usually credible feeds, suggesting the news is not part of a Twitter death hoax.
Sources tell CTV Glee star Cory #Monteith found dead today in Vancouver. Police expected to confirm at 10:30.
— CTV British Columbia (@CTVBC) July 14, 2013
CTV reporting Glee star Cory Monteith found dead. His final tweet was about Sharknado – pic.twitter.com/sSyi81jT21
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) July 14, 2013
Some confusion about the report has surfaced on Twitter, with an earlier Cory Monteith “death hoax” and conflicting reports due to lack of official confirmation posted.
However, the “death hoax” post points to a rumor from July 13, and it isn’t clear whether the Canadian news channel reporting the actor’s death is working from different information.
Monteith had been in rehab recently, and was sighted in June after leaving the program.
Update, 1:28 AM EST: The Hollywood Reporter confirms Cory Monteith’s death, tweeting:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 14, 2013
Global News BC adds:
Sources have told Global BC that the person is Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old Calgary-born actor best known for his starring role on the TV show Glee. He apparently was found in the Fairmont Pacific Rim early.
Vancouver Police confirm Monteith was found dead at the Vancouver Pacific Rim Hotel, reporting that the actor had checked in on July 6, and that his key card activity had been investigated after his death.
Authorities indicate that the star had been confirmed to have had visitors and guests during his stay, but there was no indication foul play was involved in Monteith’s passing. Further, they say that the actor had been dead for “several hours” before he was found.
Fellow Glee star Mark Salling tweeted:
— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) July 14, 2013
Late Saturday, Glee producers, Fox and 20th Century Fox Television released a statement, saying:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. 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.”
Reports that Cory Monteith’s cause of death was drug related have not been confirmed. (Update: Police say Cory Monteith’s cause of death was not immediately apparent, and the source of rumors of an overdose was not immediately clear.) Monteith was 31.