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Cory Monteith: Cause Of Death Confirmed Involving Heroin & Alcohol

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Our hearts are breaking.

It has been confirmed that Cory Monteith's death was caused by a "mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol," that was found in his system, according to BC Coroners Service.

As we've reported, Cory was battling with drugs and alcohol over the years and recently completed a stint in rehab earlier this year.

Coroners have contacted the family and have "made them aware of the results."

The investigation, however, is still ongoing and you can see the statement from the Coroners' office AFTER THE JUMP:

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98 comments to “Cory Monteith: Cause Of Death Confirmed Involving Heroin & Alcohol”

  1. 1

    Perez, don't be a dick about this.
    Don't try to be smart or funny.
    He fought his battles hard, and sometimes the demons just take over.
    Do NOT try to take away from his beautiful memory.

  2. Dan says – reply to this


    Why was this filed under 50 Cent?

  3. LookatYou says – reply to this


    So your imaginary boyfriend was a stone cold druggie.

  4. The Truth says – reply to this


    Not surprise by the findings. Obviously it was a relapse but it still to sad he died. He shouldn't of been in Vancouver alone in the first place

  5. WillowWynde says – reply to this


    Re: SophColfer – I agree. Very well said.

  6. NicoleLyn says – reply to this


    This is beyond heartbreaking. It hurts to see drugs steal another persons life away before their time.

  7. SamLoves Perez says – reply to this


    Re: Dan – He's not making a Joke… if you haven't read the previous entries about Cory he's been saying he agrees that the results won't take away from the memory of how great he was. Don't bash Perez for no reason.

  8. MB says – reply to this


    I like to smoke my weed, I don't drink often, very remotely, but I never did understand why/how some people can stick a needle in their arm and inject heroin (or whatever) to get high, especially knowing what it does, how addictive it is and how easily it can kill you.

    It actually surprises me that this seemingly clean cut, apparently really nice guy from GLEE, of all things…. like Glee (how lame…) was a heroin addict. It surprises me.

  9. Nicole says – reply to this


    I'm going to say my heart breaks for him his family and Lea. His supposed friends new his addiction and yet made it easy for him. They should all be ashamed of themselves.

  10. rayne says – reply to this


    read befor making any fakse ju7dgments

  11. WhoopyPie says – reply to this


    I don't think plying yourself with drugs and alcohol until you die is an accident as the lady says. he came back to the room alone to shoot up big time.

  12. 12

    Canadian officials are always so eloquent and humble IMO.

    Heroin is a serious drug!! I had no idea that he was into such hardcore drugs. That's crazy. I wonder if Lea knew or also did drugs. It's hard to imagine that if you are a drug addict, that you do not have drugs around the home. Such a sad affair. He was so cute and talented.

  13. Lady_Says says – reply to this


    I don't think this will over shadow his memory, at least I really hope so. If anything it should raise our awareness and sensitivity towards addiction and prove just how human it is. RIP Cory.

  14. 14

    Yeah, homo, Cory Monteith was in "such a good place," just as you've posted again and again while profiting from this story.
    Re: NicoleLyn – Sure it's sad. But every druggie starts with the choice to try the drugs. This just goes to show you that Monteith was a two-faced hypocrite; he gave advice to others that he didn't follow (but left that important part out of his sermons). I'm not a bit surprised by this news.
    Re: LookatYou – Yep. He sure was. Now we can expect days of anti-drug sermons from the homo, as well as drippy, sympathetic posts aimed at Lea Michele, who will, like the ape-faced homo, milk this for all she can get out of it.

  15. dddff says – reply to this


    I love how his friends in their tweets after he died call him a great and wonderful guy. Yet he was a drug addict and a loser.

  16. Charly says – reply to this


    Since we all know that he was addicted, I'm not surprised about cause of death.
    It is heartbreaking. He was awesome, I really really liked him. Rest in peace, Cory. You will be missed. ♥♥

  17. 17


  18. Mary says – reply to this


    Re: SophColfer – how is he being a dick about this? he's sad and upset as well as everyone.

  19. Weed is dumb says – reply to this


    Re: MB – go fuck yourself u piece of shit….why the fuck would u brag about your drug use on the article of a man who lost his battle with addiction? YES weed IS a drug. This amazing person lost his battle despite his trying and wanting to get help. Even with he support of loved ones and family, he is no longer with us. Addiction is sometimes to strong for people. Go preach your drug use to people who actually give a fuck, you worthless piece of trash

  20. Lady_Says says – reply to this


    Re: state zata – He's Canadian, and was in Canada.

  21. Stephanie says – reply to this


    Why judge him? I'm sure half of you people have never even been addicted to drugs or alcohol. Sure, he chose to do the drugs, and should have been monitored since leaving rehab. Do you really think his famiy and friends and lea arnt aware of that? His story is an inspiration. He didnt choose to have an overdose. His story has made me contact rehab for my own addictions and Demons. Don't judge for why you don't understand. And by the way, you dot have to stick a needle in your arm for heroin, it can be snorted, shows how much you know.

  22. Kitty says – reply to this


    Re: state zata – What?? He died in Canada you idiot. And he was Canadian.

  23. 23

    Re: WhoopyPie – yea.. I think, someone else was involved in even getting him to do it again. and he did it, and went way to far. I think.. there was a enabler . my opinion

  24. 24

    Re: dddff – excuse me? ive known many great nice people that have done drugs unknowingly from there peers and dies. so fuck off with your comment

  25. 25

    Re: state zata – you are a idiot

  26. MB says – reply to this


    Re: Weed is dumb – Fuck you dick head. I read the first 2 sentences. I love weed. You fuck yourself. You read me mother fucker? I repeat I love weed, and fuck you….

  27. 27

    Re: Stephanie – yes :) good for you hun, me too :)

  28. MB says – reply to this


    Re: Weed is dumb – It's not addictive though asshole. I quit a 22 year pot smoking habbit at the end of last year in the snap of a finger, for about 8 months with no problem, side effects, or withdrawl, what-so-ever. Why did I go back to it? Because I like to unwind to it, and I realized from quitting, it's no big deal. Not as bad as alcohol, that's for damn sure…

    Fuck you asshole. Fuck. You.

  29. 29

    Re: Stephanie – Yes he did choose to OD, that's what happens when you do drugs

  30. Leslie says – reply to this


    He's been doing drugs since he was 13 or 14 (half his life), so it's hard to stop. What he needed was a good 6 mos of rehab, not 30 days. I hope this is a wakeup call for a lot of other young people in the industry who think they are indestructible.

  31. 31

    Am I missing something? I don't see where Perez is being a dick about anything. He stated the facts and nothing else. Drugs don't discriminate. They take the rich and famous, as well as the poor and lonely. It's tragic that such a talented young man fell under it's spell. It's even more tragic that he recognized this, sought help, and was too late. I will never think less of him due to this. The bottom line is Cory was a human, subject to all of the frailties that we all are.

  32. Jess says – reply to this


    So sad to see how fast people talk about something they dont know. Its true that druggie starts with the choice to try the drugs but once you try it its so difficult to stay out something like that. Specially when your environment does not let you out of that problem. Im so sorry for him. but I dont go to judge him… its really really difficult struggling with an addiction.

    So sad for Lea, so sad for what medias says about his friends (They stimulate him to consume). I still do not understand because he was alone in a city like Vancouver (where drug is in the Street in the day), why an addict since 13 years old is just 28 days in a rehab center… where was his mom when he was 13 years… anyway, a lot of question and just he knows the answers.

    Really sad for this.. really sad !!

    Sorry for my english.. I speak spanish

  33. Nick says – reply to this


    She you could not wait to report this. Congrats. May he RIP

  34. Casey says – reply to this


    The glee fans knew this was a big probability but I hate it so much because of the judgement he will get because of how he died. He was an amazing person and he deserves to be respected. He means so much to so many people. I don't blame him at all, he tried. Life is hard. :(

  35. 35

    What's up with all of the judges on this site? Everyone has something going on and has a struggle in their life. Talking shit on the net anonymously appears to be the common struggle here.

  36. Andrew Willis says – reply to this


    You can't call a heroin overdose mixed with alcahol a "tragic accident". Call it for what it is, fucking stupid and bound to happen. Monteith has completely jeopordized the studio and producers backing his show, not to mention the insurance the studio had out on production. Some can take this as a cry fest, but I am far from PC happy happy cake and candy on this issue. I think he is a fucking idiot and had no regard for anyone but himself. Hollywood should look at this as an excuse to put the clamps down on their investments.

  37. candy heart says – reply to this


    Re: Charly – Just because someone uses drugs does not necessary mean they are a bad person.

  38. MB says – reply to this


    If Cory were simply a pot smoker, he'd be alive today.

    Wanna know why I quit? I was smoking so much pot, in the 2 years leading up to me quitting, I was spending $60-$70 on a quarter of an once of weed to myself every 2 or 3 days. I was smoking so much I wasn't even getting high any more, and this was potent shit.

    So smoking so much potent weed I wasn't even getting buzzed which you'd think with all that THC in my blood, it would be even more difficult to quit? No.

  39. sad day says – reply to this


    Man, I was really hoping for something like complications, I know this wont change how we feel about him. I just know he wouldn't want to die losing his battle. Rest in peace, may flights of angels sing you to thy rest.

  40. 40

    No surprise here. It's really sad.

  41. U Sniveling Twit says – reply to this


    Re: Weed is dumb – Some of us think of it as natures way of thinning out the herd. Heroin addicts are the weakest of weak.

  42. 42

    Re: dddff – So ?… The point of your comment is ?…..

  43. SJ says – reply to this


    Re: MB – I've never had the desire to do heroin but my boyfriend was an addict and he explained to me his reasoning in depth. He was at such a low point that all he wanted was an escape and heroin ended up being the only thing he hadn't tried, so he did. He finally got sober after a lot of help and rehab, but he never felt the same again. It's one of those drugs that takes over your body and makes you feel so euphoric, nothing else compares. Such a sad thing that it even exists in my eyes.

  44. SJ says – reply to this


    Re: Nicole – You can't blame his friends. They may not have helped if they were apparently out drinking with him in the days before his death, but an addict will always find a way to deceive the people around him to get what they want. AND I'm not saying that to defame Cory's character. He seemed a lovely person and it's such a tragedy he's gone. But blame can only ever be laid with the addict themselves. I'm saying this from personal experience, I was in Lea's position last year.

  45. 45

    There's REAL MEDICAL TREATMENT for heroin addicts, but IT'S NOT ALLOWED in the USA; the $20 BILLION A YEAR 12-Step RELIGIOUS AA/NA CULT Treatment Industry WON'T ALLOW IT (they bribe lawmakers with PILES OF CASH).

  46. Kay_Alex says – reply to this


    I am appalled by the lack of humanity many of you show? Do you have no respect or shame, slandering a dead fellow human being? I've seen friends and family struggle with addiction; some overcame it and others found rest in eternity. I have SO much respect for Cory Monteith. He fought his battles and tried to inspire others not to follow his path. His death touched many lives. I look forward to hearing the many anti-drug awareness campaigns. It's obvious our society needs to inform themselves, and lack knowledge surrounding this type of illness. My thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with his family, loved ones and Lea Michele. Rest in peace, Cory.

  47. melancholia says – reply to this


    The only person who truly knows the whole story is Cory. Unfortunately, a lot of addicts lose their battle with addiction, whether they die from an overdose or from complications after years of using. Oxycodone/percocet shows in the blood stream as heroin, because they are opiates and they are extremely easy to get in Vancouver, BC. I am not a doctor or psychiatrist, but going by personal experience around opiate addicts, they appear healthy and clean cut, very normal and generally live active lives. These people are called "functioning addicts" where they can live their day to day lives and still use. It's arguably more dangerous for addicts to be in that position because it's so much easier to hide and lie about their problems. It is very sad that the pressures of life and hollywood overwhelmed Cory to the point where he could not save himself. Very sad, indeed. My heart goes out to his family, friends and peers.

  48. 48

    A lot of bad ideas suddenly seem good after a couple of drinks. Some of those bad ideas can be fatal. Makes you think.

  49. Swizzle says – reply to this


    Drugs. Sex. and Alcohol is part of the industry. Just walk on set and someone will hand you some coke or a pick-me-upper. Everyone look up to these celebrities as a role model. If you don't like what they represent, stop supporting the industry.
    I for one don't care how many celebrities die from OD-ing because I make money from it. Any news is good news. So it's a blessing that Cory was able to become the example he was striving to be. Heroine and Alcohol = money into the pocketbook.

  50. @v@ says – reply to this


    Know that looking for a high can lead to sudden death.

  51. A. says – reply to this


    Re: state zata – Heroin is not a drug that was introduced by mexicans to americans. Racist.

  52. 52

    as i said right after he croaked, just another dead junkie dumbass who would rather use than live. guess he'll never shoot smack again.

  53. 53

    It's hard for people like me and many others to understand drug addiction. For us it's as simple as just don't try it in the first place. I feel the same about people who are addicted to cigarettes. People in my family have had drug problems..that stem from a bad childhood or hanging with the wrong people. I really wish people would seek help instead of turning to drugs and drinking they are slowly killing themselves..and in the end it's selfish to put your loved ones through that. Cory did do amazing things and he probably was an amazing person. It's just sad he threw his life away, he had a lot going for him.

  54. MM says – reply to this



  55. AngelGlow says – reply to this


    A drug addict and yet still more of a decent human being compared to all the assholes who comment on here.

  56. Jessica says – reply to this


    Re: Wow Are You An Idiot – lea michele isnt milking anything. the paparazzi is hounding her. she lost someone she loved very much, and isnt even trying to talk about it. she is extremely talented, she is not gonna milk the death of a loved one. everyone needs to stop focusing on the way his life ended, but remember him for the person that he was and the talent that he brought. it doesnt matter who it is, if its your worst enemy. when someone has died, you should never bash them for the struggle that they endured. you clearly dont know what its like. i dont either, but im not over here condemning people for it. everyone has done things that they regret, so everyone judging him should just shut the hell up.

  57. CourtneySucks says – reply to this


    No sympathy. Idiot chose to use. It's his fault.

  58. 58

    Re: AngelGlow – so right.

  59. Diana says – reply to this


    Cory had everything going for him. So sad that he started doing drugs in high school as a result of family problems (his dad left when he was young, etc.), but this guy had talent, looks, and luck. Especially for Lea whom he planned to marry when he returned:

  60. yemm says – reply to this


    Re: state zata – Mexicans didnt bring drugs here you fucking retarded racist pig, specially not heroin. AND he died in CANADA where he was from YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE

  61. 61

    Cory had everything going for him. So sad that he started doing drugs in high school as a result of family problems (his dad left when he was young, etc.), but this guy had talent, looks, and luck. Especially for Lea whom he planned to marry when he returned:

  62. danielle says – reply to this


    Re: state zata – lol you're an idiot… he was canadian… stfu, its embarrasing

  63. Nathalie says – reply to this


    Re: state zata – Hey dont be rude! I'm from latin america, and that dont make me less than anyone! Is nobody faults, If you wanna do drugs it is your problem, it is your live! No because a mexican, colombian or someone from here give him! You should think a little bit more before comment! If you really love Cory as much as I do, respect! if you are angry calm down and then express yourself without offending.

    And by the way, i can't believe He was so addictive to drugs, heroin is a big deal, and I know if you are using heroin is so hard to get clean… just few people can above that. So sad, never forgotten Cory. RIP.

  64. erin says – reply to this


    no matter how he died, it is still extremely sad and even though he chose to do heroin and drink alcohol, its still sad and his did not deserve to die , no one does. my prayers are with Lea, his glee family and his personal family. RIP Cory.

  65. Chris says – reply to this


    I AM SOOOOO SAD TO HEAR OF THIS!!! So many beautiful talented stars have been taken from us far to soon because of the monster poisoning we call drugs. Rest in Peace Cory!!! U will never be forgotten.

  66. 66

    whats weird is he doesnt even look like he takes drugs .. this is how sneaky heroin is it can kill and take a life …with noone knowing …


  67. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    …qUELLE sURPRISE…. !

  68. Look at that Coroner says – reply to this


    I would have more details as to how he died…. LEVELS????
    Was the pain meds in the Heroin? How could this lady leave this out?! The people who were with him…. KILLED CORY… period! Accomplices

    I was hoping, so hoping, that it wasn't drugs that took is life. :( I'm so upset.

  69. 69

    He was not a loser he was sick and he had an addiction and it was stronger then him. You can still be a nice guy and still do the wrong thing. He did not sell drugs or try to start others on them in the end he paid the price for it. I feel story for his family and for Lea they are also paying the price with all this heartache. I know they love him but also my be hating him for doing this to himself and to them, it is a very hard thing.

  70. Ast says – reply to this


    This is so sad. It's very possible Cory thought he could have one last party with his old still-using-drugs friends; just one for the road so he could put it behind him. And it's also very possible one of those friends talked him into it. My personal experience with addict friends, is they often resent when a friend gets clean and makes something of their life. It takes away their blindfolds. You know the ones that tell you that as long as you know people who are worse off than you, you're life is not that bad and your not really addicted like they are. The more clean and high-achieving people you know the less those blindfolds works. Someone like Cory exemplifies those qualities that can make other addicts want to sabotage his efforts and drag him back down with them. That's why you stay away from drug-using friends and that's why you never risk using other intoxicants even though you were never addicted to them, because it just lowers your inhibitions and makes it that much easier to tempt to you with your real addiction. If this is what happened to Cory and it wasn't part of a longer relapse, I really don't think it would be a waste of police resources to find out who supplied him with drugs and if anyone talked him into it with malicious intent.
    Rest in peace Cory.

  71. ONIT says – reply to this


    On Monday they said "no illicit drugs" found about the autopsy. What happened?

  72. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: ONIT – Maybe he had one dose and used it. Maybe he walked back into his room already high…or even used the hotel washroom after he left his friend's room and disposed of anything there to keep it out of his room, not expecting to end.

  73. LK says – reply to this


    SHOCK!!! When do you stop giving addicts a wel paid job and why do we keep them on the TV. If I would be an addict, I would be jobless as no boss accepts this! If just a addict dies, it is his / hers own fault. But when it a "celebirty" it is tragic???? If a politician even smokes pott, bam no job anymore, unacceptable, but a tv star, movie star, rockstar ect, no problem we just keep you on TV, making records and give them this freaking high salary…… I really do not get this. Yes it is a shame as Cory was a young man but to keep praisting…

  74. 74

    Too bad he was a junkie and rehab couldn't help him. RIP.

  75. alicia says – reply to this


    I wish people will stop judging yes he used drugs ,yes he died but until u are that person affected by drugs and alcohol or know someone who is dont judge cause saying bad things wont change anything let Cory rest in peace cause he deserved peace after his struggle

  76. 76

    Re: Andrew Willis – wow are you judgemental! Cory was an addict and yes obviously he made a mistake which cost him his life so what you basically saying is all addicts are idiots. Dont be such a prick and why would you care about the studio and insurance etc its not like they are low on cash

  77. tata says – reply to this


    God probably asked him the same thing. What and ego, how dare he! Was he honoring the gifts God gave him when he stuck needles in his arm? Your not entitled to heaven, and God doesn't owe you a thing.

  78. MichJB says – reply to this


    Oh well, another druggie is dead, who cares, move along.

  79. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    WHY would they let a guy who had just completed re-hab be on his own in a city where drugs are free-flowing. The dude had MORE than enough money to afford a 'sobriety' coach to be tagging along with him, and well, this is just so wrong…. !i

  80. Jess says – reply to this


    Re: melancholia – agree with your comment but its not about Hollywood pressure.. he was an addict since 13 years old!

  81. Stalking Seattle says – reply to this


    Wow. Another great talent lost to heroin. I hope he's at peace.

  82. 82

    So sad :( Too bad he couldn't kick it!

  83. Revival Tjikotoke says – reply to this


    I am so heartbroken, he was way too young and here in Africa we adored him so badly now its horribly sad to see him on glee and knowing he wont be around anymore. I am speechless and so sad. word cannot describe any of our sorrow but we sincerely send our condolence to lea and his family and all the cast of glee. RIP cory monteith. always loved by Namibians.

  84. Wendell says – reply to this


    I never post comments but this time I had to…why to we as a society say poor guy just cause he was an actor with money…would all of you be saying the same if he was some poor drug addict asking for money at the gas station…yea didnt think so

  85. Wendell says – reply to this


    who the F*@K you calling APE jackass….Mexicans bring it because supply n demand baby…whites/blacks/asians/ sell it…meth made by a white man go figure…

  86. beentheredoneit says – reply to this


    Re: MB – Opiates are physically addictive, its like whether its vicodin, percocet, (hydrocodone or oxycodone) morphine, demerol, dilauded, etc etc… Heroin is just as bad as oxycodone. From Being prescribed it for 4 years, and taking it for 4 years every single day, and quitting cold turkey on my own. I saw the hell it brings to your soul. But i have back problems, and from time to time i take a much lighter pain killer, vicodin, 5mg, when NEEDED ONLY. I dont have insurance, and cannot get surgery, but when i can i will. But honestly as sparingly as i take it ( few times a month,) i cannot imagine my life completley without it. I know tha i will have to take it every now and again for the rest of my life. My receptors are all messed up from the oxy. But i will and have never touched that oxy ever again. It changed me, forvever. Heroin is up there, and it grabs peoples souls, and unless your dedicated to never touching it again, then your done. Life is over. I suggest going through withdrawls and feeling that pain, it will make any addict never want to touch the crap again. RIP Cory. Now you are at ease and rest with your demons.

  87. jeremiah bigelow says – reply to this


    Re: MB – WEED!!!!!! OMG, seriously????? weed is not addictive, moron, jesus age christ, weed is not somthing you can overdose on, moron. Its been around for centuries and even jesus smoked!!!!!!
    If you need help with weed, then try going cold turkey from opiates, then you tell me whats addictive. WOWOWOWOWOW hillarious.

  88. huorishour says – reply to this


    Re: MichJB – Prick

  89. 89

    So he use to take drugs and drank, big deal, I can think of many more people in the so called celebrity world ( and real world) that have done the same and have had more original talent. He is just another victim to the modern world. I give all my condolences to him, but like him its just a fact that living on the edge is more fun, a lot of us do it, but most of us are lucky and don't die. RIP Cory you were so young but many more have been even younger!

  90. ERIC says – reply to this


    this is an example for those THAT USE drug
    the "DEATH"

  91. 91

    Re: WhoopyPie – Yeah, he chose it. May God bless his loved ones and may he rest in peace.

  92. 92

    Re: Michmasterflex – I couldn't agree more! You just got the words out of my mouth.

  93. 93

    Re: Leslie – Well-said. I wonder why he just went to rehab for 30 days considering that he had been struggling half of his life. Addiction is a complex matter. He should've undergone rehab for at least months. Well, we still wouldn't know how it would come out. Cory's gone. It can't be undone. I hope this will serve a lesson to people to never ever do drugs. It's addictive. If people do not want to ruin their lives then never ever think of trying. May he rest in peace.

  94. 94

    Re: Jess – Very well said. I also agree with all that you said.

  95. 95

    Re: melancholia – I like your point here.

  96. 96

    Re: Be-Atch – EXACTLY!!!

  97. 97

    EXTREMELY sad. I can't imagine what his family, friends, and girlfriend are going through. Having a glee marathon in memory of Cory<3 I love you Cory. Rest in Peace<3

  98. TVright says – reply to this


    Re: Casey – your comment was in my opinion..the BEST.