Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon. He was 31.
The cause of death was not immediately known, but foul play was not suspected. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
According to reports, staff at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel discovered his body after he missed his check-out time.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news,” read a statement from Glee producers, Fox and 20th Century Fox Television. “Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. 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.”
Last March, Monteith entered rehab for substance addiction, forcing Glee to write his character Finn out of Season 4’s final stretch. Upon his release one month later, the actor said to fans, “Sending out big love to everyone. Thank you for the continued support! It means the world to me!” He made his first public appearance last month when he attended the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball charity gala in Los Angeles with girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele.
Monteith, who had been candid about his struggles with addiction, previously received treatment when he was 19. He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was “lucky to be alive.”
Monteith’s colleagues and friends took to Twitter early Sunday morning to express their shock and grief.
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 (@iharryshum) July 14, 2013
I am totally heartbroken right now. I love Cory so much this hurts my heart.—
Lauren Potter (@TheLaurenPotter) July 14, 2013
OMG!! My Cory…—
iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 14, 2013
I HAVE NO WORDS! MY HEART IS BROKEN CORY WAS NOT ONLY A HELL OF A FRIEND HE WAS ONE AMAZING MEN THAT I WILL HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART FOREVER—
Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
RIP CoryMontieth. You will be loved. Always.—
Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 14, 2013
What I will remember about Cory Monteith is that he was talented, funny and absolutely kindhearted. We lost a gentleman. RIP—
Cheyenne Jackson (@cheyennejackson) July 14, 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
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 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