Well this is the saddest news ever: Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room this weekend. The rumours about his troubles were really, really terrible (to the point that one gossip columnist I know who has seen and heard A LOT over the years called it the worst celebrity story she’d ever encountered). But he was on the upswing. He had successfully completed voluntary rehab, Lea Michele stood by him, and things seemed to be getting better. Rumour has it he and Lea were planning to wed soon. If only…
Last night the Vancouver Police announced they would be having a press conference at 10:30 about “a Hollywood actor found dead today.” Almost immediately, word hit Twitter that it was Monteith. When he failed to show up at check out time, hotel staff looked in on him and discovered his body. He had been deceased for several hours and police don’t suspect foul play, but they wouldn’t discuss what they found in his room, saying, “We only notified family members about an hour ago, and so we haven’t been able to have those conversations with them. What we can say is that the cause of death wasn’t immediately apparent.”
“There were others with Mr. Monteith in his room earlier last night, but video and fob key entries show him returning to his room by himself in the early morning hours and we believe he was alone when he died,” Vancouver Police’s Acting Chief Doug LePard said.
His Glee cast members and other celebrities quickly took to Twitter to express their shock.
going through a million memories and emotions today. ill love you always Brother Cory.
— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) July 14, 2013
Logging off ✌
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) July 14, 2013
RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 14, 2013
At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn't seem real to me. I love you Cory.
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 14, 2013
Cory was always so nice to me. I have so many good memories. pic.twitter.com/XYw4S8gMDH
— Lauren Potter (@TheLaurenPotter) July 14, 2013
We talked about how lucky he felt to be alive-and sober. We talked about playing drums. Glad i knew you Cory. pic.twitter.com/1Ulq0nYBGz
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 14, 2013
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) July 15, 2013
The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I've met. Can't believe it.
— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) July 14, 2013
RIP Cory. Glad to have met you on your journey. U will be missed. 💔 http://t.co/AYy2BZiBcE
— Josh Sussman (@JoshSussman) July 14, 2013
Thanks for always being kind Cory. You came a long way from hanging on the beaches in vancouver with the gang pre Glee. Sending you love bud
— Nolan Gerard Funk (@nolanfunk) July 14, 2013
While I only met him briefly on set, I remember him to be an extremely sweet guy. Tragic. RIP Cory.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) July 14, 2013
OMG!! My Cory…
— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 14, 2013
I'm gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory's family and friends. Lets respect their space as they grieve.
— Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) July 14, 2013
This hurts. I love you Cory. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. pic.twitter.com/SceFQd7gzT
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) July 14, 2013
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) July 14, 2013
This is such sad news about @CoryMonteith – what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man.
— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) July 14, 2013
Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels… Heartbreaking, my prayers are with all of his loved ones!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 14, 2013
How sad to read about Cory Monteith passing away. What a shame. He was a lovely, kind, talented guy and will be missed.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) July 14, 2013
Shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Cory Monteith. All my love to his family, friends & girlfriend. #TooSoon
— om (@oliviamunn) July 14, 2013
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 14, 2013
I can't fully process this news. Tragic, tragic loss of a young, promising, talented man. Cory Monteith, rest in peace
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) July 14, 2013
Way too soon. A very nice & good guy. RT @joshgad: RIP Cory Monteith. Gone way too soon.
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) July 14, 2013
This news of Cory Monteith's death just shakes me to my very core. So young. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
— Scott Porter (@ScottPorter) July 14, 2013
So sad to lose a dear friend & talented man… @CoryMonteith you'll always be remembered.
— Katie Cassidy (@MzKatieCassidy) July 14, 2013
Oh my god, my heart & prayers go out to the family & loved ones of Cory Monteith. This is heartbreaking. Tragic.
— Monica Potter (@monicapotter) July 14, 2013
I just heard the news.This is so sad. My heart goes out to his family & friends, specially Lea Michelle.Rest in peace Cory #RipCoryMonteith
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) July 14, 2013
I just heard about Cory Monteith.. Rest in peace, everyone close to him and affected by this loss you're in my prayers.
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) July 14, 2013
He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
— GLEE (@GLEEonFOX) July 14, 2013
Meanwhile, Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr. Shue, dedicated his Broadway performance to Monteith. Gwyneth Paltrow released a statement, saying “Cory was a sweet and talented man. My heart breaks for Lea and the entire Glee family.”