Cory Monteith Autopsy Results Released

Cory Monteith Autopsy Cause of DeathCory Monteith died from a “mixed drug toxicity that involved heroin, primarily, and also alcohol,” according to an initial autopsy report conducted by the British Columbia Coroner’s Office. (Watch the video press release below.)

The Glee star was found dead Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room. He was 31.

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Monteith, in a June 2011 interview with Parade magazine, opened up about his drug abuse, which first consumed him as a teen, when he would indulge in “Anything and everything, as much as possible…. I had a serious problem.” After his mother and friends staged an intervention, a 19-year-old Monteith tried rehab — “then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing.”

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It was when he found himself stealing from a loved one that Monteith “finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’” Yet as recently as this April, he entered rehab again.

It was previously announced by authorities that there were no signs of foul play in the matter of Monteith’s death, and that he had returned to his hotel room alone the night he died.

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  1. Damn it. Such a waste.

  2. Eric says:

    Wow Canada completes and releases autopsies way quicker than America. That news woulda taken a month in California.

    • liz says:

      That’s exactly what we said when the news broke. Maybe there’s less dead people? Compared to the US, Canada has a significantly lower crime rate….so maybe less autopsys to be performed.

    • A says:

      THIS!! I was expecting it to take weeks or months like other celebrity deaths in the U.S. It just makes you wonder if they are trying to cover something with their extremely long autopsies.

      • Ally says:

        I don’t know why but in US it takes a long time for autopsy or maybe they just don’t reveal the cause to the public right away. Its pretty straight forward procedure and is done withing 24 hours after finding the body or after death. Autopsy and toxicity reports shouldn’t take more than a week. I was wondering the same thing.

    • Margaret C says:

      That was my thought immediately, here in US we would wait at least 3 months or longer. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Another life lost too soon.

      • thomas malone says:

        Matter of fact u said AT LEAST 3 MONTHS! EVEN MORE DRAMATIC! LMAO. I would even accept an example of someone taking over a month and a half!

    • Cassie says:

      From what I read, it seems that they expedited the test because of public interest. Rather than be hounded by the press every day until it the got it done, it was rushed because he was a celebrity. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, it makes it seem like being famous made him more important. At least now people can stop speculating and move on.

      • TV Gord says:

        You’re correct, Cassie. Police put a “rush” on it. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. It gets the media off of the backs of people who have plenty of work to do.

    • Simon says:

      They expedited it for public interest. Normally the toxicity test would take around three weeks there as well.

    • Sara says:

      I think they just super fast tracked it. They probably have never had such a high profile death and they knew that people needed to know what happened.

      • says:

        People did not NEED to know, except for his family and close friends. The public just WANTED to know.

    • Bob says:

      That’s because we have so many lazy-@$$ lab technicians telling everyone that it takes up to a month. That way they can keep their jobs.

  3. Roger says:

    Was a great person from what everyone says about him. BUT, there’s no excuse for mixing heavy drugs with alcohol no matter if they’re an idol or not. Sad to see him go, but the autopsy tarnishes his legacy.

    • ben says:

      Addiction isn’t a question of ‘excuse’.

      • tripoli says:

        Exactly. Monteith clearly tried to overcome his addictions more than once in his life. Not an easy task for anyone, celebrity or not.

        • Addiction is a choice, Cory was someone with the resources to get real, good help. He chose to use again

          • tripoli says:

            At a certain point it is not a choice, hence the word addiction. It’s not like turning off a light switch. Pretty easy to sit behind your computer and judge someone you do not know. He used his resources, tired to beat his addictions and failed. It’s the sad reality of how difficult it is to shake a deadly addiction.

          • Meg says:

            Drug use is a choice. Addiction is not.

          • ben says:

            Joanne – “Addiction is a choice” is a completely untrue statement, which demonstrates both an ignorance of the issue and a complete lack of any kind of compassion or empathy.

          • Sil says:

            I smoked and drank a lot when young and became addicted to both. I have been a nonsmoker and t totaller for several years but it still comes to mind as a want to. It is a daily conscious commitment to be this way. But, to have been addicted to drugs like heroin is so much worse.

          • Tinemi says:

            The fact that is called “Addiction” makes it not a choice but a sickness. Addicts are sick and their choice is to heal. But they never stop being sick and any situation, any relapse can make them go back. Is easy to say “He had a choice” when you are a healthy person who chooses to drink a beer or a glass of wine. An addict will not be able to stop at one, or two or twenty. He’ll continue drinking untill he can’t. The same goes for drugs. We don’t know what happened that night, but is so easy to think “I’m already in control of my addiction” and then loose it completely.

          • Beth says:

            Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. And Cory did choose to get help. Unfortunately it just wasn’t enough.

          • Jaime says:

            We are all addicted to something. Like babies are addicted to pacifiers/dummies/soothers. Like children are addicted to teddy bears/chocolate/sweets. He was addicted to drugs. He tried to give up but its like someone trying to take a pacifier off of a baby. Its not an easy choice.

            -Rip Cory Monteith 1982-2O13 iloveyouu<3-

          • Krista says:

            Said no one ever

          • Josh says:

            Joanne, please research addiction, just in case someone close to you should ever suffer. It’d be a shame if you were unable to properly help and support them through something this tough.

          • jm says:

            Addition is not a choice. I was addicted to coke. I realised about it when a weekend i had no coke on my fridge, and i started to sweap… i really need to drink any, and i got extremelly nervious.( I used to drink like 2 bottles fo 2 liters per day… or sometimes even more) i took me a whole month fighting against that need of it… i started to drink water and juices… and fortunatelly it was over- However since then, i try not to drink any at all, and when i drink more than a glass of it, i still have a weird feeling.. and it s more than 6 years from that..

          • Elena says:

            Addiction is by no means a choice! As someone who works as a master’s level addictions counselor in a rehab, it is not a choice. These people are mentally ill. There is a never ending cycle of addiction and while some people are able to fight the difficult battle and stay clean for years and years, so can never stay clean. I have worked with 14 years old all the way to 78 years old. Some people get clean and sober for 30 years and then relapse because of some trigger in life be it a death, loss of a job, and so on. It is not something that you can wake up one day and say I’m never doing this again. It is a life long battle to overcome urges and stay as strong as possible. An addict will also often replace one addiction with another, just because that is how they are wired. It is a disease, not a choice.

          • rowan77 says:

            So you know nothing about addiction. If being addicted was a choice, then no one would be addicted. He chose to start using drugs as a teen, he got clean multiple times, but addictions are incredibly difficult to deal with both psychologically and physically, and many will always crave the drub no matter how many years go by that they’ve remained clean and sober.

            People think that being famous is a picnic. There is so much pressure on famous people. No privacy, the constant push to remain favorable in the public eye, to get that next job, to choose a project that will be a hit, to make more money, to appear together and well adjusted even though you can’t even go shopping for milk without the paparazzi following you and trying to get you to to say or do something dumb/bad/wrong to sell the photos. The pressure is especially great when you no longer are in every episode of a show you were one of the main stars of. It looks like you’re slipping. And if your girlfriend is not only a TV star, but a Broadway star, the pressure to be as successful as she would be overwhelming. It’s no wonder he self-medicated. It’s just incredibly sad that he couldn’t conquer his addiction demons.

          • JC says:

            Addiction is a disease, but it’s self-inflicted. It starts with your choice.

          • rowan77 says:

            That means everyone who has one drink chooses to be an alcoholic? Tries a drug once and their addicted to that. You’re are really oversimplifying and showing a real lack of knowledge in this area.

          • arial2 says:

            Heroin is the most difficult addiction to kick, but CM had the resources to get way more help than most people can afford and chose to continue on the downward path. I’ve seen both outcomes: my sister-in-law, with very few resources, decided it was time to get off the drugs, went into a methadone program and came out drug-free. Sadly, my brother didn’t follow her example and ended up dead. It IS a choice and CM chose drugs over life. So sad, yet infuriating; he had such a bright future.

          • Sara says:

            Yes it is a choice….but it doesn’t make any less heartbreaking

          • Joanne, you obviously never suffered from ANY Addiction….consider yourself very blessed.

          • JoanneK says:

            addiction is a disease and not a choice. It is like being having diabetes. However, it is a choice as to if you want to get better and stop using drugs. Just like having diabetes you know if you continue to eat sugar and such you will get sicker and one day die. Same with using drugs.

            That being said, it’s hard to control. Have you ever gone on a diet and “blew it” by eating something you shouldn’t have? Why did you eat it? You had a craving, was upset or wanted to celebrate with everyone? Same way with drug use. It’s not easy to stay clean.

            Not everyone who uses drugs or drinks becomes addicted. Those that do have a certain gene that others don’t have. So don’t judge others until you have walked in their shoes.

          • Estelle says:

            How insensitive…wish you were the one who had an addiction instead of Cory.

      • anonymous says:

        Ben- I could not reply to your comment further down saying that meg was wrong about a certain comment. I hate to point this out, but she wasn’t wrong, she said DRUG USE is a choice, which in more ways than one, is correct. Never did she say that addiction is a choice, which is what your comment seems to say she said. I don’t know if that was a typo, but I just thought I’d let you know…

      • anonymous says:

        Ben- Never mind. It vame across differently the 1st time. I now see what you are sayinf. You’re quoting someone that is definately wrong. Ar first it came across as if you were saying that. But it does make sence and you are completely right. So sorry for my mistake.

      • Julie says:

        You said that perfectly. This to me is the saddest part–that people will not understand his struggle. He was in the grips. So incredibly tragic.

    • Andrea says:

      Struggling with a disease (addiction) doesn’t change anything about what a great person he was or how he will be remembered.

      • Alan says:

        Addiction isn’t a disease, it’s a weakness.

        • Lauren says:

          So let’s just kill all the weak people, right? Those weak people are pathetic losers and we shouldn’t mourn them. I’m sure you are a pillar of strength.

          • TV Gord says:

            Alan didn’t say that, he merely pointed out it’s incorrect to call it a disease (despite what WHO says). People with real diseases who can’t go into “recovery” are disrespected when the word is misused.

        • ben says:

          Along with all mental health disorders, I suppose?

        • boomer says:

          addiction is a disease, but it doesn’t mean a person is weak being, they have an addictive personality which is to blame for one’s drug use, and when you have gotten so deep into it is very hard to stop, (not meaning your weak)! addiction is a very serious problem, and unfortunately another life is gone due to that…there are those who have come out and done really well, as Robert Downey.Addiction isn’t a choice, to use drugs is a choice, and when one can’t stop they become addicted, inability to stop can be a person’s weakness; not that they are…

        • Ian says:

          Addiction is not a weakness…Anyone can succumb to it. It’s comments like these that create such a stigma towards people who struggle with addiction. The fact that Cory fell victim to drug use doesn’t make him any less human than you or I. Under certain circumstances, it can happen to anyone. People make mistakes. Cory was a strong, kind, and warm person.

        • Libby says:

          Lmao Alan! Where did you get your medical degree? InternetDocsRUs?! Seriously

        • Britta Unfiltered says:

          Wrong. It’s not a weakness, it’s a chemical problem in your brain. A lot of people who abuse drugs are actually self-medicating because they are bipolar or have other similar mental disorders like severe depression and anxiety. And you can’t cure addiction by going to rehab. It can never be cured, it will be with you your whole life. It is a disease. The best you can hope for is you’ll be able to manage it through a good support system, counseling, and staying away from environments where you would have a hard time resisting your addictive behaviors, like staying away from parties where drugs will be used, and also avoiding emotional triggers that would cause you to want to use again.
          There. I’ve just therapized you.

          • Elena says:

            For the people you are identifying as having a co-occuring illness such as bipolar or schizophrenia, proper medication is also key. You are 100% right that often they are self-medicating and upon finding the right mixture of anti-psychotics or SSRI’s and so on they can often break the cycle. Staying away from people, places, and things is also key as you stated.

        • rowan77 says:

          Oh Alan, I’m trying to decide whether you really are that dumb, or if you’re just trolling. And I wonder which is worse.

        • MrMank says:

          It is a disease. Do your research. That is why some are prone to it and others are not. There is a physical component involved. Look it up.

      • Angie says:

        Addiction is a disease in which the alcoholic or drug dependent person continually lie to themselves that they can ‘control it’, or they can drnk/use ‘just 1 more time’.
        When a person is famous…..the shame can be greater. The temptation to use, even greater – they HAVE the money!

    • Jase says:

      I don’t think it tarnishes his legacy. It’s an addiction and like any other chronic addiction, It’s just sad. However, WHERE are all the people who kept blasting people like me on message boards like this when we just suggested after his death that drugs was likely involved? Fans do this EVERY time a star dies and every time they’re wrong. People got mad when we speculated that Whitney died from drugs…and she did. People got mad when we speculated that James Gandolfini’s obesity was a factor…and it was. And now Cory Monteith. It was always a GOOD GUESS that his addiction caused his death and all the people getting snippy about that need to come out now and say they were wrong.

    • addictionsux says:

      speaking as a former drug addiction nurse; a lot of times these overdoses happen because they A. drink alcohol and lower their inhibition/resolve to not do drugs, then B. go do drugs. With heroin abuse unfortunately a lot of times they will kick the habit and go back to it with a much lower tolerance, yet they will do the same amount they used to do and will overdose because their body isn’t used to it anymore.

      • MC says:

        TY. That is very valuable information and it may help someone out there reading these comments.

      • Alichat says:

        I didn’t think about the lower tolerance. I kept thinking that he had to have a large amount of alcohol and heroin in his system to pass from toxicity.

      • ilovefootball2525 says:

        That’s what I was wondering….It seems his stint in rehab lowered his tolerance so when he went back to doing his “normal” amount it was too much. Thank you for the information.

    • karenb says:

      Oh Roger. You just couldn’t help yourself could you? I knew it was just a matter of seconds before people like you start judging Cory. I sincerely hope for your sake that you or anyone that you love never has a problem with addiction. I’m quite sure that you would change your tune if you did though.

    • Sara says:

      It tarnishes nothing. He was very open about being an addict, but he was also open about the fact that he tried to conquer it. As far as addicts go, I think he was pretty brave. He wanted to get better and he tried to get better. And he tried to inspire people to get help too. He was a wonderful person who had an illness and he lost the battle. That shouldn’t negate all he did in the world, and it doesn’t.

    • Marge says:

      Even so I love him for his performances not for any other things.

  4. Isabel says:

    So sad his disease got the best of him :'( RIP Cory…we’ll all miss you <3

    And pray for Lea right now….she needs it. <3

    • Addiction isn’t a disease. It’s a choice.

      • tripoli says:

        Just stop. Your point is incorrect and adds nothing to the discussion.

      • C. says:

        Oh it is a disease, whether you believe it or not. I don’t know if you have ever been related to someone who has struggled or is struggling with addiction but I have and I can tell you that you can have all the willpower and support in the world to get better, sometimes it’s just not enough. You should not judge all those struggling with this disease when you don’t know what they have gone through.

        • katie says:

          Can I just say this, I always judged those who were addicted to drugs until I lost two very close friends of my family to a heroin o.d. They left their babies behind when they made the decision to put that needle in their arm, but what I learned was that they we hooked, it had overcome them to where they couldnt make that sound decision on their own. I will never judge again, it is a sad thing, but I only hope that these deaths help someone who is thinking about trying heroin to say no that much easier.

      • Ana says:

        While I agree with you that addictions aren’t a disease, this isn’t the time or place. Get over yourself and stop posting the same thing over and over. He was still a person, that by what people he knew have said, was a kind one at that. May he rest in peace and hopefully his friends and family are able to move on.

      • Kim R says:

        The choice is doing it for the first time. The addiction is the disease that takes over your body that makes it so tough. Addiction is a disease. Sometimes we have things and sometimes that thing has us. Very sad indeed. :(

        • knoellelarson says:

          Yes; I agree. And in Cory’s case he started at such a going age; well before he could fully understand the consequences. He was truly battling a desiese.

      • Sam says:

        That’s just false.

      • Playhouse says:

        Addiction is a disease. Recovery is a choice.

        Please take the time to learn the difference before making shortsighted comments.

      • Longhorns12 says:

        Joann. Addiction is a disease. Unless you have had a family member or friend who has battled this disease, keep your mouth shut. Because you have NO idea.

        • Nichole says:

          Well I have quite a few family members that have struggled (and continue to struggle) with addiction and I will say that calling it a disease is a great way for them to not accept accountability for their choices. When they are in the throws of a binge, yeah stopping is near impossible until they get arrested and are basically forced to stop. But when that stuff is out of their system for months or years, it is their choice to go back to it. My life has been so messed up by drugs, and I’ve never touched them.

          • Julie says:

            Whoever is struggling with being affected by someone in their disease or if you do not see it that way, regardless, Al anon can be hugely helpful with knowledge, understanding and most importantly overcoming resentments for your own health and happiness. You deserve it.

        • poppet says:

          Addiction is NOT a disease, like diabetes or schizophrenia. i was a heroin addict 4 10 years and i did it because i WANTED to. It made my life hell, but every time i used i had a choice. Not to use was a hard choice to make, but it was a choice. People can’t CHOOSE not to have cancer, or be bipolar. Walk the walk b4 u talk the talk, people.

      • bucktownsweetie70124 says:

        Addiction is not a choices. It is a result of choices that were made. Addiction is an illness. The brain has mechanisms that control impulsivity, decision making etc. excess of anything becomes an addiction. Some peoe have inner strength to stop their excessive behaviors and others do not. He may have been around individuals that weekend that did not make it easy for him to resist. Also they should question those he hung out with that night. And were he and his girlfriend getting along during the time before he went to Canada. It’s not just drugs but what was going on in individuals life as well.

      • J says:

        You are an idiot. There, I said what everyone else is thinking.

      • Marge says:

        are u sick? It’s a desease ! Go & inform uself. U don’t know a thing about desease!

  5. Lauren says:

    Such a shame. Too sad.

  6. kate says:

    a drug addict dies of drugs. shocking, I tell you. it’s sad, but not unpredictable. drugs are bad for you, kids.

    • Lauren says:

      This one was shocking. Cory wasn’t like Lindsay Lohan – he was never in trouble with the law, he didn’t go crazy in public, never even had a DUI. He seemed like a good guy with a problem that he was handling. Terrible.

      • Kit says:

        Well, he did all of that, just when he was younger. His image since he’d become a celeb was good.

      • Aeol says:

        He had a documented 20-year addicti

      • Aeol says:

        He had a documented 20-year addiction. I feel really sad for all of you who are so shocked. Just because someone isn’t a public disgrace like Lohan doesn’t mean their problems aren’t serious and significant.

      • Britta Unfiltered says:

        I think what shocked me about it was how healthy he looked. He physically looked like a happy guy who took good care of himself by eating right, exercising, and staying clean and sober. I had no idea he was that heavy of a drug user. Even when I heard he was going to rehab, I just assumed it was for some semi-serious alcohol problem. I know now that he had come out and been honest about being a heavy drug user, but I don’t generally pay attention to celebrity news, so I hadn’t heard about it before he died.

        • Julie says:

          I said the same thing. I have a ton of experience with addiction, in and around, am in recovery and the fact that he looked so incredibly physically healthy caught me off guard as well. Not that I have not seen the most professional of people in the rooms but he was over the top the picture of health. Just goes to show you, we know nothing. Humility is key here.

  7. Jared says:

    Just terrible. RIP Corey

  8. That’s certainly disappointing. I was really hoping that it would be something else because he seemed like such a good person.

    • L says:

      Addiction is a disease, it doesn’t make a person ‘bad’. Troubled, yes. But not bad. Some can survive it but many others just can’t seem to overcome it. By all accounts, Cory was a great guy, he just happened to be a very troubled young man with a disease.

    • Michael says:

      He was a good person. Addicts aren’t bad people, and addiction isn’t a moral issue. It’s a health issue. I mean, really. Are you kidding me?

      • I just meant that this will leave a blot on his reputation. Because he seemed like such a good person, I wish he would have been able to overcome his illness. As such, part of me was hoping it would have been something completely unrelated to his addiction that caused his death.

        • Sil says:

          We all wish it would have been by something else. But it wasn’t. He had changed his life for the better for 10 years of sobriety and found success. I am so proud to be a fan of an inspiring young man who beat the odds of his youth to find a place in the world as an actor who was a star of a hit show. He was very accommodating to his fans up close and personal. He always remembered where he came from, and eagerly was generous in giving back through very important causes for those in need. He was kind, humble, giving. I am so thankful to watch him finally experience success at doing a job he loved to do and to have had a love of a lifetime with Lea which is something that not too many people will ever find. He was good to everyone.

          I will not fault a man who had a relapse of addiction. I will think of what kind of man he was in real life and how he lived. Not by what had captured him. Because that is not what makes a person. The effect of drugs and how it takes hold is not what a person is at all.

    • malomar says:

      Good people also struggle with addiction.

  9. Kate'shomesick says:

    Damn it. I had hoped he had stayed clean.

    • Jase says:

      And what? A strong healthy YOUNG man who wasn’t murdered and wasn’t in an accident just died for no reason? It was pretty freaking obvious his addiction was a factor and while that’s terribly sad, you guys were so annoying pretending that it could’ve been anything else. No it couldn’t and it wasn’t.

      • Emmie says:

        It could have been an aneurism, or any other undiagnosed disease.

      • Kate'shomesick says:

        No. I wasn’t pretending anything. I’m not even a fan. What I was hoping for was that he had died of something related to his PREVIOUS drug use but not of recent intoxication…say heart or organ failure…maybe even something unrelated like an aneurism or an allergic reaction to prescribed meds…because I think that would have been a death more dignified for this man that was certainly young but in no way healthy.

      • Longhorns12 says:

        While I had hoped it was something else, deep down I knew different. But your wrong I. Your comment, it very well could of been something else, health wise that could of cause his death. So what’s annoying is people like you coming on here and telling people who had hope and wanted to not think the worst had happened telling us we are annoying. Some people aren’t so quick to judge like others.

  10. ad3160 says:

    Reminds me of Heath Ledger.

    • Tusk says:

      Fairly Different, Ledger died from a mix of prescription drugs he took to cope with his work schedule.

      This instance, it was heroin…… Monteith had admitted that he has had a history with addiction since his early teens

    • shay says:

      heath ledger died from mixed medicines not heroin! there wasn’t drugs on his autopsy
      so sad, he was so loved but it wasn’t enough

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      I know what you mean. It makes me very blue to see someone so young go so tragically. I was blue for awhile when Ledger died, and I’ll probably be blue for a few days over this as well.

  11. Sandi says:

    I sadly expected this. Thanks for the information.

  12. marge says:

    Addiction is a killer. It’s such a shame that someone so young and talented to go out this way.
    Bummer :/

  13. English says:

    I am angry with him now.

    • Isabel says:

      Why? because his disease was to bad to control? He tried to cure himself, but it just got the best of him. There is no reason to be angry. Right now, you just need to send thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, castmates, and Lea.

      • English says:

        I am angry he didnt put Lea and his friends and family first and that he didnt try harder to stay clean.

        • Tusk says:

          Heroin and addiction don’t work like that, it’s not a matter of “want” or “try”….

        • Percysowner says:

          You have no idea how hard he did or didn’t try to stay clean. That he failed is obvious, but addiction is an illness not a moral failing and trying to stay clean for others doesn’t work. Sometimes trying to stay clean for yourself doesn’t work. I’m sure he tried with all of his strength to stay clean. He just happened to fail and happened to misjudge the dosage of the drug.

          • Janet marie Cooper says:

            Janis Joplin got clean and when she relapsed, she misjudged the amount her body could take, and by taking her old dosage, her weakened body was overloaded…

          • Christina says:


        • Q says:

          That’s how an addiction works. I always said about a late loved one that I could have threatened to throw myself in front of a moving train if he didn’t stop drinking and he wouldn’t have stopped despite how much love there was. It wasn’t a question of not trying hard enough or not wanting it enough. When addiction takes a hold of someone all control and logic goes out the window. It does not make them a bad person. Hate the disease, not the person.

  14. I feel so bad for his friends and family. I know how easy it is to blame yourself, and think you should have been able to do more to help. Addiction is a lifelong struggle; it’s with you until you die.

  15. Tania says:


  16. Jake says:

    Heroin is the hardest drug to overcome. There is only about a 9% chance success rate of living a clean, normal life (not dying or being imprisoned). As an addiction counselor, I deal with it all the time. Tragic.

    • Kate'shomesick says:

      Isn’t crack a fairly bigger problem? Just asking!

      • Jenny says:

        No, it takes an average of 6 stints in rehab to overcome a heroin addiction and an average of 4 to overcome a crack addiction.

    • Ashley says:

      I wish I had known that statistic before I began dating a recovering heroin addict. Being too young and naive, I had no idea what I was up against, and unfortunately he relapsed and didn’t make it. It was absolutely devastating

  17. Heroin? I didn’t even know people used that anymore.

    • Judy says:

      Ms. Johnson, it never went away. Sadly enough.

    • sd says:

      I know in Toms River New Jersey there has been a huge increase in the number of Heroin deaths this year (53 cases).; In many cases it is much cheaper/ easier to get than other drugs.

    • The Beach says:

      The rapid rise in the use of heroin is a direct result of the crackdown and subsequent rising prices of oxycontin (which is basically synthetic heroin) and other such opioids. Heroin has become much cheaper.

    • Kate says:

      Seriously? Heroin is everywhere. You do realize that at detox programs and rehabs there are often one month or more waiting lists due to the number of people who need help to kick heroin habits, along with others, but opioid addiction is one of the more prevalent.

      • r0ckmypants says:

        No, Kate, clearly she DIDN’T realize any of this. Not everyone is as well-versed in drug culture as you.

  18. Ann says:

    He was out with his friends the day before. I’m assuming he was out doing drugs and alcohol with them. What kind of “friends” would let a known addict go out and do drugs and alcohol with them?

  19. Chloe2000 says:

    I gave up on Glee a long time ago, so I surprised myself that his death affected me as much as it did. I just watched the pilot and the original “Don’t Stop Believing” and it left me teary. He was a talented musician and actor. People can post insensitive comments about his drug addictions, but it’s a heartbreaking illness for the addict and their family members. Hopefully, his friends, family, and Lea can find peace and healing. RIP Cory.

  20. Jen says:

    I was hoping for the sake of his family and Lea that it was a heart attack. Anything but this,

    “I have to warn you white powder will scorn you, you must understand you are under attack. Don’t try to deceive it you’d better believe it, when you’re chasing the dragon, the dragon fights back.” Clive Gregson

    Very powerful song ever about the ravages of drug abuse.

  21. Alichat says:

    Damn. I was really hoping it wasn’t drugs. What in the world could have happened in that hour or two between him getting off the phone with Adam Shankman and him passing that would have made him decide to shoot up? So sad.

    • AJ says:

      That is a very important question now……..

      I know there is a highly likely chance that he was lying to Shankman and others close to him about his drug use…and he may have already started using again weeks ago BUT….

      If it turns out he only decided to go back to drugs during that last few days at the Vancouver hotel….What made him relapse is a very big question.

      I hope it was’nt over Lea and their relationship!

      She was away on a girls holiday in Mexico, so i just hope it doesnt come out that they had been fighting or something and she went off and he relapsed…that would be even more devastating.

      So Sad, RIP Cory RIP.

  22. Jenny says:

    Not that I wasn’t expecting it, just really wishing it wasn’t the result of his death.

    It is horrible that things like drugs and alcohol become such a hold on someone that they just can’t get beyond it. Especially when they seem to have such a bright future ahead of them.

  23. Lisa says:

    Way to be a role model…idiot

  24. Joshie says:

    It’s so sad to see someone with an amazing personality and a talent to entertain us die from something that could of been prevented who left him alone where was his sponsor :-( he will be missed by all

  25. Buffy says:

    He got into alcohol and drugs at such an early age – 13. Apparently, continued use over the next 18 yrs. of his life was just too much for his body to take. It’s such a shame that he’s gone due to drugs and alcohol. Too bad he couldn’t have kicked it years ago. Maybe now he can rest in peace from his demons.

  26. Jared says:

    Going into rehab and getting clean than using such a heavy drug like Heroin is like playing Russian roulette with your life. Although im sympathetic for Cory I really feel bad for his loved ones. So tragic.

    • Elena says:

      Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for this to happen. Often when a patient is discharged from a rehab and relapse they have the sense that they can jump back in and use exactly what they used prior to rehab. The body has a different idea and because it is now clean of the toxins, the amount of heroin used before can easily take a life.

  27. Sonia Garciarebollo says:

    But I don’t get it, he looked and sounded so healthy, doesn’t look at all like a heroin addict, believe me I know them….I would’ve expect coke may be, but not heroin. So sad….This does not tarnish at all my good thoughts of him.

  28. Lifetime movie in 3, 2, 1…

    • Tina Lai says:

      True that it might happen, given that this is how hollywood works. But you shouldn’t have thrown that into the universe to let those behind humping producers have that idea.

  29. My sympathy pretty much disappears with these results, for the simple reason, this is a guy who had the money, support and resources to get better. He put himself in rehab and then went back to drugs when he left. It’s not like a person who lives in a less wealthy environment, people who have very little, where they can’t afford the help. It’s always a choice to take a drug, and Cory had the chance to get himself sorted out. It makes me mad.

    • L says:

      Then you clearly don’t understand how addiction works. I see that all over these comments.

    • fruit says:

      Addiction is a weakness and a disease. Once an addict to anything like drugs or alcohol, always will be an addict. He tried to over come it since he was 19 years of age. he was 31 when he died. he was 13 when he started using. In that period of 18 years, it takes its toll on the body. But more importatnly is the question of who were these “friends” of his that he went out with to a party willingly put alcohol and drugs in front of him. temptation is a very easy thing to give into. it’s not a question about how much money he had and all that, its the fact that he couldn’t handle the lifestyle in Vancouver. He stayed sober in LA. Unless you’re an addict yourself, don’t mouth off about what you don’t understand. Leave the poor guy alone and spare your thoughts to his friends, castmates and fiance/girlfriend Lea

    • Nat says:

      It’s not about resources or choosing, as a dozen posters have already written, and you should have read that before writing your uninformed comment. I’m more disappointed in the rehab clinic and his friends he was seeing around that time for not being able to pick up on the fact that one month was not enough for him to overcome his addiction. But then again, we don’t know. Maybe he was just really good at hiding it.

      • Read my comment above, I don’t need information from anyone else to give my opinion. I know enough about heroin addiction without a bunch of sob stories.

        • aeromel78 says:

          It sounds to me like someone in your life hurt you due to drug use and you are holding on to a lot of anger and bitterness. Maybe you should consider some counseling so you don’t have to seek validation from total strangers by posting the same comments over and over on articles about dead celebrities.

        • J says:

          Well, don’t tell all those pesky doctors and scientists who have said for decades and decades, with medical and scientific PROOF, that addiction is a disease. Because I am sure your opinion is much more highly regarded than, you know, fact. I don’t understand why you choose to sit on this site and continue to argue with everyone. Your opinion is your opinion, I will grant you that. Doesn’t mean that you aren’t wrong.

          • JC says:

            Addiction is a disease, but you get it from your own actions. No one spontaneously wakes up and craves drugs.

        • Elena says:

          Have you spent years of your life studying psychology and addiction? Have you spent years of your life working in a long term rehab? If you haven’t then please listen to me as someone who has. Addiction is not a choice. Sure the first time you use you make the choice to pick up but from there it is a matter of disease. How many people in this world have a glass of wine or beer with dinner but are not alcoholics? It is not because they sit there and say I am choosing not to be an alcoholic, it is because their brain is not wired to be an addict. Addicts do not choose the way their brain functions, it is just a fact. It is a struggle everyday to stay clean and sober and I have seen people relapse after 30 years because something triggered them and the substance was how they cope. Please stop your posts about addiction being a choice, because it minimizes the severity of addiction.

    • Jenny says:

      He had his addictions way before he even started acting and making money. This isn’t your typical Hollywood tragic death stories of someone who can’t deal with the pitfalls of being famous. His addiction started well before having to deal with being famous. It does seem that he was able to control his addiction to where it wasn’t affecting his work and life for the most part. It was when he wasn’t in that environment of not working and having the support he had in LA that he turned to old habits.

    • Betsy says:

      here’s a comment with no sob story: you’re an unfeeling cow who needs to stop spreading your unnecessary vitriol all over this post.

    • Vivlet says:

      What is your point? Okay, so what if he had all the money in the world to “cure” his addiction? He’s dead. Gone. And it makes me sad to see a genuinely nice young man go in such a way. I can’t even begin to imagine how his loved ones are feeling, but I can only try. You seem to have a lot of hate in you, devoid of sympathy whatsoever. Only words of blame coming from you and your comments. I can only hope that you are able to cure your own “weaknesses”, but in your case, money won’t help you.

  30. charlotte says:

    All this fame went to his head, he started out ‘too young’! He will be truley missed, especially his soon to be wife lea, she is one that we should also be praying for, losing the love of her life, but I’m sad to say this but R.I.P Cory Montieth xxxx

  31. Alan says:

    I don’t feel sorry for him. He brought upon his own death. Also addiction isn’t a disease, it’s a weakness.

  32. So very sad…I was hoping it wasn’t drug related – he tried so hard to overcome his demons, and was such an amazing individual….would have liked to see what he would have accomplished…RIP Cory – you will be missed..taken from the world way to soon.

  33. Penny says:

    So tragic. :( RIP Cory.

  34. LL says:

    It seems to me that Hollywood fame and guys named Cory just don’t mix.

  35. angelfire17 says:

    That is such a shame. I was really pulling for him to be clean and was hoping it would be anything but this. The person above me who mentioned heroin being the hardest drug to overcome is correct. Such a shame Cory wasn’t one of the 9%.

    • Actually, it’s harder for a smoker to stop smoking than for a heroin addict to stop using.

      • angelfire17 says:

        And how, exactly, do you know that? Do you have experience in this area? If so, how? I’m sorry if there was an addict in your life who hurt you, but your experience is not the be all end all for every addiction story.

        And just so you know, when someone asks you how you formed your opinion and you say “That’s irrelevant,” you pretty much force people to believe you’re either a troll or talking out of a lower orfice.

      • K says:

        The article you quoted about it being easier to get off of heroin than nicotine goes into many details about the similarities of nicotine and heroin and just why they are so addictive. The point of the article is about additiction. For some nicotine is more addictive than heroin. This does not make heroin any less addictive. They are both horrible, horrible drugs that destroy lives because they are ADDICTIVE and therefore cause disease and death. Does a person who chooses to smoke and develops cancer (see your note below – cancer is a disease, addiction is not) have a disease or an addiction? Does it really matter? This is a tragedy for his loved ones not just because someone they loved dearly is gone but because they were powerless to make it better. Those of us left behind deal with the guilt of not being able to fix things and the anger towards the person who is or was unable to “fix” themselves. And really there is only one reason someone would feel guilt and anger in this situation – because deep down that someone really cares. If you don’t care, you feel nothing.

  36. LOL says:

    ;) :)
    Just to brighten everyone’s day.

  37. addictioncounselor says:

    As an addiction counselor, I must say for those of you who are saying addiction is not a disease please go read about drugs and how they affect serotonin, dopamine, and just about every other neurotransmitter in the brain. Once the brain requires that drug it becomes extremely difficult for the person who is addicted to easily just as I will never do it. Once you get a neurochemical background on addiction you will begin to understand why it is truly a disease..

    • I’ve seen and lived with addiction every day for 15 years, at the end of the day, it happens because of a choice, you CHOOSE to use a drug, knowing it’s addictive. Diseases are something you don’t have a choice in. Cancer is a disease, Addiction isn’t.

      • Nat says:

        Joanne, it sounds like this is very personal to you, and it sounds like it’s also not you who is the addict; Arguing about it in a forum on a celebrity’s death is not the way to resolve it. Whatever your individual case may be like, I’m more inclined to trust the counsellors on here who work with dozens of addicts every day and the medical studies that back them up.

      • So sad says:

        I would suggest learning some of what the above person was saying and perhaps some empathy if you are working with those suffering from addiction. If you are a recovering addict you are the kind of person who would not be a support for those new to recovery. In what capacity have you been an expert for the last 15 years? If you are working in a facility they should release as you immediately you are probably doing more harm than good.

        • Oh yeah, that’s it, I am a former addict. Um no. My circumstances are irrelevant, the fact is, I see it, i’ve lived with it, and i’m not sympathetic to it. I feel sympathy for the family and friends, but end of the day, to the person with the addiction, it’s self inflicted. And everyone needs to stop calling it a disease, cancer is a disease, addiction isn’t

          • Earth bound says:

            I suggest you go see a counselor about anger and hostility on issues you obviously have not resolved. Someone suggested learning empathy…empathy is something you are born with its not learned and unfortunately for you Joanne you seem like you are too cold, stubborn, and close-minded to show any empathy.

          • Beth says:

            Choosing to smoke and therefore getting lung cancer doesn’t negate the fact that cancer is a disease. Similarly choosing to do drugs and getting addicted doesn’t negate the fact that addiction is a disease.

          • As the child of an addict, I understand how hard it can be to not get angry and resentful. But addiction isn’t really a choice. If you’ve been around addicts, it’s hard to believe you wouldn’t have seen that. My mom has been to rehab, jail, prison, and is still an addict. Even when she’s clean, she’s an addict. She will be an addict until the day she dies, and even if she were to go years without using drugs, she is still at a risk of using again. It’d be easier, I think, to be able to blame an addict for being “weak”, but that’s not always the case.

      • Pongita says:

        Of course you choose to take a drug, but once your body have felt the “joy” induced by a chemical you’re screwed, you are too far into deep, you cannot choose anymore, there are exceptional cases in which and addict does overcome the disease but an addict will always be an addict, cause sadly not everyone is strong enough to say no. An addict always finds a rock bottom and sadly sometimes is dead.

      • Isaac says:

        Just stop. Please

      • Longhorns12 says:

        And your arguing with an addiction counselor because???

      • thomas malone says:

        Joanne your an idiot for thinking it’s not a disease. Just because you don’t carry the gene and can quit any time shows how naive you are!

  38. Sarah says:

    So so sad. He seemed like a really genuine person. Too bad he got caught up in drugs which led to his addiction.

    May God be with his family and loved ones in this sad time.

    I hope this will be an example and help others battle their addictions or not start at all. I think Cory would want to still help people even after his passing.

    I don’t even know him personally but my heart hurts like I did.

  39. igo says:

    I don’t understand, why he only took a month long rehab if he knew that the demon hadn’t go completely? Really sad for his family, lea michele and glee casts and crews

    • Sara says:

      I think the thing with addiction is that it never completely goes away. It’s kinda always there waiting for you to fall, or to slip, ya know? :/

  40. sophie says:

    His cousin said it the best:
    ”Don’t judge a book by it’s cover nor the last chapter… but the beautiful story between.”
    RIP Cory

  41. scorpionglow says:

    This is so unbelievably sad.

  42. A says:

    What’s sad about this is that there wasn’t really an indication that he was ever struggling with drugs until he revealed it a few months ago. This death was really unexpected because he never came across as someone struggling with drugs. He seemed normal, level-headed, and present. His life from what we the public have seen seemed very good for so long. A great gig on a hugely popular show, a beautiful girlfriend, a flourishing career. Its just truly sad. He wasn’t a Lindsay Lohan where something like this happening wouldn’t really be a shock. He was just beginning his life and a promising career and it all came to end. Its truly sad. RIP Cory Monteith,

  43. Mads says:

    People who say there is no excuse for mixing heavy drugs and alcohol obviously don’t know any addicts. People who become addicts are masking their internal pain and darkness with drugs just to make it go away for a little while. Those demons don’t go away, they are always there and he obviously didn’t have the strength to fight it anymore. It’s heartbreaking and needless.RIP Mr. Monteith. May you finally find piece and solace.

  44. Dan Hetland says:

    Everyone from every station in life is susceptible to the ravages of alcohol and drugs, either directly through addiction or by its effects on friends and loved ones. As prevalent as drugs have gotten in our society it is difficult to find those whose lives who’ve not been touched in one way or another. Whether we choose to believe it or not, addiction is indeed an illness rather than simply a weakness of character as many assert. Some feel that addicts choose to use and in a sense, they do, but they may also have a chemical imbalance occurring within their brains driving them to make that choice. Some addiction specialist postulate drug addicts and alcoholics have what are referred to as addictive personalities and their behaviors tend to bear this out in many ways, as they tend to do most things to excess, be it in the way they cook, (they will add excessive items of the food items they enjoy most), clean, (they use excessive cleaning materials) yard work, (they may go out to simply pick up a few things and end up mowing and edging the entire yard) etc. All things like an alcoholic not being able to stop with simply one drink. They say once an addict or alcoholic, always one. Rest in Peace Cory. My condolences to the Family and Loved ones of this talented and gifted young man.

  45. ggny says:

    Its sad to read that he went out like this. He seems like such a great and down to earth guy. RIP Cory

  46. Calisa says:

    This is so sad and such a tragic loss. Fighting addiction is a life-long battle and he lost the fight Who introduced him to drugs when he was 13?!! That is where my anger is directed and to others who are similarly taking advantage of needy children. We are aware of this very public situation, of a man who was talented, successful, contributing to charities to help other children at risk, and from what everyone is saying, a nice guy! My heart goes out to his family and friends. I am also sad that we have lost this talented young entertainer.

    • lala303 says:

      I agree wholeheartedly with what you said about someone introducing him to drugs at 13. That is disgusting. Unfortunately, it happens every day. Some scumbag wrecking a child’s life for who knows what reason. Maybe some good can come out of Cory’s death if it brings more awareness to the lifelong struggles of drug addiction that begin when they first “try” drugs at a young age. I know too many people who started “messing around” with the hard stuff when they were in their early teens because it was cool. Now, there is nothing about their wrecked lives that is even remotely cool, and all because of that first time when a crackhead didn’t care about a young kid.