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Glee's Lea Michele Devastated By Death Of Boyfriend, Cory Monteith

The 31-year old Monteith, and Michele's co-star on Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room

By: Daniel Koren
Published: July 14th, 2013 in News » World
Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

Representatives for Lea Michele, known for her depiction of Rachel Berry on Fox's hit music/comedy program Glee, have issued a statement in regards to the death of her 31-year-old boyfriend and co-star, Cory Monteith.

“We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time,” the statement read.

Monteith was found dead yesterday in a Vancouver hotel room.

The cause of death has yet to be determined, but police nor paramedics have found any signs of foul play at this point.

Michele and Monteith, whose characters on Glee have had an on again, off again romance, have been reportedly dating for the past two years. Monteith had first opened up about his substance abuse problem in 2011, when he told Parade Magazine he had a very serious drug problem throughout his teenage years.

In April, he completed a stint in a rehabilitation facility for an unknown drug abuse problem.

Whether or not narcotics had any involvement in his death, however, is unclear at this point. When asked, Vancouver Police Department Chief Doug LePard stated they would "“not discuss anything that we might have found in the room at this time.”

Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on Glee, grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. It was his breakthrough role after years in the entertainment industry.

His body was found late last night at Vancouver's Pacific Rim Hotel. Police say he died alone.

“The death of a young person is a tragedy for their family, friends and community,” Lepard added. “A sudden death is more shocking and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are mourning the loss of this young man.”

The executive producers of Glee, and Fox, stated on Twitter that they were “deeply saddened by this tragic news”.

“Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person,” said the Twitter statement. “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.”

Michele, an avid social media poster and known Barbra Streisand devotee, has understandably not posted anything on twitter since Saturday. Swarms of celebrities have since posted on the social media site sending their condolences and prayers to Monteith's friends and family.

An autopsy is set for Monday.

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