The body of Glee star Cory Monteith was reportedly cremated in Vancouver Tuesday after a private viewing attending by the late actor’s family members and girlfriend, Lea Michele.
Monteith was found dead in a room at the Fairmount Pacific Rim in Vancouver Saturday afternoon. The 31-year-old’s body was released to his mother, Ann McGregor, on July 16, and she held a viewing at the hospital with Michele and Monteith’s older brother, Shaun. She then decided to have her son cremated.
Monteith’s father, Joe, who is divorced from McGregor, told TMZ that he was “totally devastated” that he didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to his son, and was informed of the cremation after the fact.
Joe Monteith said, “I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very very much. I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.” Monteith also said he was “shocked’ to learn about his son’s alleged heroin use.
Cory Monteith’s father wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about his drug use. The actor’s ex-girlfriend, Mallory Matoush, said he kept her in the dark about his drug use, and that he always seemed to be “just a happy guy.” Matoush, who dated Monteith for about nine months, said she was in “complete shock” when she learned of his death.
As for 26-year-old Michele, she has asked for privacy and has been mourning with Monteith’s family. Her rep released a second statement Tuesday, in which Michele thanked her fans for their support.
A coroner’s report found that Monteith died from a lethal combination of alcohol and heroin. In a statement, the BC Coroners Service said, “At this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident.”