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Cory Monteith OD'd on heroin, alcohol but not on purpose, coroner says

July 16, 2013|By Yvonne Villarreal
  • Photo shows actor Cory Monteith at the 2012 Do Something awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Monteith, who shot to fame in the hit TV series "Glee" but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room, police said. He was 31. (
Photo shows actor Cory Monteith at the 2012 Do Something awards in Santa… (Jordan Strauss / Jordan…)

"Glee" star Cory Monteith died of a "mixed drug toxicity" involving heroin and alcohol, according to results released Tuesday by the British Columbia Coroner's Service in Canada.

The investigation is continuing, according to the release, but it went on to say the 31-year-old actor's death appears to be accidental. 

"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 service, which performed the autopsy and toxicology test on Monday, noted in a statement.

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"Glee" producer, 20th Century Fox Television, declined to comment on the findings. Monteith's family has been made aware of the circumstances surrounding the death. 

Monteith was found dead in his room at a Vancouver, Canada, hotel shortly after noon Saturday. When he hadn't checked out that morning, as expected, hotel staff checked on him and found the body.

The actor, who had long battled addiction, had recently completed a stint in rehab. His stay caused him to sit out the final episodes of "Glee's" fourth season as Finn Hudson. Still, his character's story was expected to pick up in the fifth season, which was set to begin production in a few weeks. How his death will be dealt with on the show has not yet been determined.

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