VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an overnight star as a high school quarterback-turned-singer in the hit TV series “Glee” but had battled addiction since his teenage years, was found dead of undisclosed causes in a hotel room, Vancouver police said. He was 31.
Police said Sunday that an autopsy is expected to take place today to determine the cause of death. Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said late Saturday there was no indication of foul play.
The Canadian-born actor, who played Finn Hudson on the Fox TV series about a high school glee club, was found dead around noon Saturday in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront, according to police.
Monteith had openly talked about struggling with addiction since he was a teenager, saying he had a serious problem and took just “anything and everything.” He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was “lucky to be alive.”
In April, Monteith checked himself in to a treatment facility for “substance addiction” and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time. It was not his first time in rehab. He received treatment when he was 19.
Lea Michele, his “Glee” co-star and real-life girlfriend, told People magazine at the time that she loved and supported him and was proud he was seeking help.
Michele was requesting privacy after receiving news of Monteith’s death, said her representative, Molly Kawachi of ID-PR .
“We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time,” Kawachi said in in an email to The Associated Press.
Monteith’s body was found by hotel staff who entered his room after he missed his check-out time, LePard said. Monteith had checked into the hotel on July 6.
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MADRID — After spending several days in the hospital, opera singer Placido Domingo said Sunday that an early diagnosis for a blocked blood vessel by a medical team in Madrid saved him from possibly more serious medical complications.
Speaking at Madrid’s opera house alongside one of the doctors who treated him, Domingo, 72, said he had felt unwell after a rehearsal and quickly sought medical help. The tenor said Dr. Carlos Gonzalez then detected a case of deep vein thrombosis and applied the appropriate treatment.
“I thought I would return from the check-up straight away back to the rehearsal,” Domingo said. “But I was told, ‘No, there is something serious here’.”
Gonzalez explained that a blood clot had formed in Domingo’s right leg and moved up to his lungs where it then lodged in an artery. He said it was not an unusual condition, and that it was often linked to spending hours sitting down on long flights.
“It sounds catastrophic, but it didn’t turn out like that,” Gonzalez said. “We established an early diagnosis, and there should be a good recovery, a complete and full recovery.”
Domingo said he had studied Giuseppe Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco” during the five days he was in the hospital, and he hopes to be well enough to sing his part in it at the Salzburg Festival in early August.
“I tried to cancel it,” the Spaniard said, but he was told by festival organizers that the baritone they had to replace him hadn’t fully learned the role, so he decided to continue.