Coroner: 'Glee' actor Monteith died of overdose
July 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — “Glee” actor Cory Monteith, who had struggled for years with substance abuse and once said he was lucky to be alive, died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia coroner’s office said Tuesday.

“There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most tragic accident,” the office said in a statement.

The actor was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday after he didn’t check out on time. He was believed to be alone when he died. Hotel video and electronic records indicate he returned to his room by himself early Saturday.

At a briefing Tuesday afternoon, police said they believe Monteith, 31, had been dead for several hours before he was found. They said the coroner’s report didn’t indicate the levels of heroin or alcohol in his system. They ruled out foul play.

“Our belief is that when he took the heroin he was alone,” said Vancouver Police Department spokes-man Brian Montague. He added: “There was evidence in the room that was consistent with a drug overdose. We’re not providing exactly what we found at the scene.”

Police said it was too early for the coroner’s office to conclude whether Monteith was the victim of a bad batch of heroin, which turns up from time to time in Vancouver.

Monteith’s death recalled the lives of Heath Ledger, Corey Haim and River Phoenix — actors who battled substance abuse and died in their 20s and 30s.

Monteith had talked bluntly about struggling with addiction since he was a teenager, calling it a serious problem and telling Parade magazine in 2011 he was “lucky to be alive.”

In that interview, he said he was using marijuana and drinking by age 13, and his drug use was “out of control” by the time he was 16. “Anything and everything, as much as possible,” he said. “I had a serious problem.”

Monteith admitted himself to a treatment facility in April for substance addiction, a representative said at the time. He also received treatment when he was 19. He told Parade that his mother and friends had staged an intervention back then, afraid he “could die.” However, he said, “I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing.”

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NEW YORK — Sorry, ladies, but Adam Levine is off the market.

The Maroon 5 singer’s representative confirmed Tuesday he’s engaged to model Behati Prinsloo.

Levine proposed to Prinsloo over the weekend in Los Angeles. The couple started dating last year.

Prinsloo, 24, is from Namibia and models for Victoria’s Secret. Levine, 34, also is a judge on the NBC singing series “The Voice.”

The Grammy Award-winning Maroon 5 last year released its fourth album, “Overexposed.” It features the hits “Payphone,” “One More Night,” “Daylight” and “Love Somebody.”

People magazine first reported the engagement.

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NEW YORK — The long-running Fox comedy “American Dad!” is headed to TBS.

But not right away. TBS says the animated series will be moving from its berth on Fox’s Sunday night lineup late next year. The show will remain a Fox fixture for its upcoming 10th season.

The series will join TBS’s prime-time lineup in late 2014. The network has ordered 15 new episodes. Sister network Adult Swim is set to present encores of each episode after its initial TBS airing.

“American Dad!” follows staunch conservative and CIA agent Stan Smith and the misadventures of his odd-ball family in Langley Falls, Va. The show’s creators included “Family Guy” mastermind Seth MacFarlane.

PHOTO: In this Monday April 12, 2010 file photo, Cory Monteith, a cast member in the television series "Glee," arrived at the "Glee" Spring Premiere Soiree in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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