In the weeks following Cory Monteith's heroin and alcohol overdose, there was speculation that the Glee star lived a double life in Canada.
But acting coach and friend Andrew McIlroy insists that's just not the case.
According to him, Cory was surrounded by three positive influences the evening of July 12, explaining:
"They weren't strangers, they weren't bad guys. They were longtime sober friends. Cory knew them maybe 10 years. Essentially, he had spent time with [them] as sober people. They were not using with him [that night]. There was no double life up here. He was just recently out of rehab and he was good. He was happy to be breathing fresh air and putting in full days and being active."
In the early hours of July 13, he returned to his hotel room alone, and that's when we lost him.
Cory and Andrew had a breakfast date the morning he passed away, as Andrew thought everything was going great with Cory:
"He was fine, that's what's so awful. The vigilance against using is nuts. If I or anyone understood the mindset nobody would ever slip."
If everything said here is true, it just goes to show how strong the disease of addiction is. Cory spent a great deal of his life selflessly trying to teach others the dangers of drugs while fighting his own demons.
We're unsure if we'll ever get the full details behind that fateful night — or the who, how, and why he got the drugs in the first place — but we do know that Cory was a beautiful, loving person with a heart of gold.
Glee will honor him as such, but they're also planning to use this as a chance to warn caution to fans. When the cheesy PSAs say overdose could happen to anyone anytime, they're true.
Rest in peace, Cory.
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