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Cory Monteith Cause of Death: Heroin & Alcohol

Cory Monteith Cause of Death: Heroin & Alcohol

Cory Monteith‘s cause of death has reportedly been revealed as heroin and alcohol, according to TMZ.

The British Columbia Coroners Service have detailed the autopsy and toxicology report of the 31-year-old Glee star as having “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.”

Cory had struggled with drug use in the past, and checked himself into rehab earlier this year.

Cory tragically passed away over the weekend in Vancouver. He was found dead by hotel staff.

Our continued thoughts go out to Cory‘s family, friends, and Glee cast members.

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  • Hannah

    too sad,R.I.P

  • fifi

    He finally lost his battle against his demons… Thoughts to his familly and Lea, it will be a very difficult time for her

  • Susan

    What a shame. Addiction is a terrible thing.

  • fifi

    Why I don’t understand is why his friends didn’t stop him this Saturday horrible night?! They probably knew his problem of addiction, shame on them!!

  • Sylvia

    Fu***ing drugs once again.

  • Sam

    God, that’s really sad. Not particularly because he was famous, but because struggling with addiction is not easy, I have a friend who has been several times to rehab, but a few months later is back on drugs. Some part of them may want to recover, but not only their bodies are really hooked, their minds also.
    May he rest in peace, and may God give his family the strength to go on through a situation such as this.

  • May

    All this is so sad, another young life gone for drugs.

  • ali

    The person who needs to be outed is the one who first supplied him with heroin, and who continued to supply him. Nobody thinks they need heroin. Somebody hooks them. Whoever knows those names should publish them in the most public way possible. This is a terrible loss to his family and friends, and a terrible waste of life. for what? a temporary high that put money in a supplier’s pocket. Are the studios still supplying drugs? If so, that needs to be outed.

  • Nikki

    Too depressing and heart-breaking. Addiction is a powerful thing. RIP Cory, you’re now singing with the angels.

  • Anonymous

    How/Why was he alone while doing such heavy stuff? Who sold it to him?

  • Erin

    @fifi: you can’t blame them if he acted normal that night, as he did all week and so on, i feel bad for his parents and loved once, shame on him for leaving his moma and Lea.

  • doll

    @ali: Lea supplied it. She keeps saying he was happy, but we all know happy people don’t do drugs. He went to rehab, how could she not know, she said she was in the dark. Maybe you didn’t know every moment he did drugs, but she knew he was doing it. Enabler.

  • Eva

    donĀ“t start making up rumors about his death when the new say : Conclusive results will not be known until the toxicology report is returned, which may take several weeks

  • Eva

    @Eva: i mean News not new :/

  • barron797

    I associate heroine with hardcore drug use and Cory didn’t look like he had any physical manifestations of heroine use. He didn’t look like he was on the edge whatsoever.

    I see drug addicts (I think meth heads) and they are in HORRIBLE shape and curiously, they are still alive after all these years.

  • jenny

    @barron797: if you look recent pictures of him, he has lost a lot of weight

  • Hate to Admit It But

    no one made him take the drugs or drink – not his friends, not the bartender or the drug dealer. sad but true. an unfortunate result to bad decisions and poor choices.

  • Jon

    Well, we knew it was going to be due to drugs, but heroin??? Wow.

  • Hey

    I remember a time when Robert Downey Jr was busted for heroin and struggled with addiction for a very long time. MANY people tried to help and he was not only in rehab but jail for his addictions. Only the addict can turn his life around. To say it was Lea’s or anyone elses fault is moronic. He did it because he couldn’t help himself. He was an addict, God bless him.

  • Nikki

    @Eva: The coroner’s report may not be officially out. This may be the first part of it, but TMZ wouldn’t just throw this out there. They have reliable sources. If this is the first thing that came back from the test results, then chances are this is what he died from. It’s not a rumor.

  • Reality Bites

    River Phoenix.. Cocaine, Valium and heroin.
    Heath Ledger..OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Unisom and Vicodin
    Brittney Murphy.. pneumonia and multiple drug intoxication
    Cory Monteith.. Heroin and alcohol

    These people are the new anti drug poster children. Hopefully more effective then any after school special of my childhood.

    Simple.. it doesn’t matter how successful you are, how loved, how much money you have, how famous you are, how many awards you have, how many people follow you on twitter.. DO NOT DO DRUGS or that next hit, snort, toke, needle.. may be the last thing you ever do on this Earth.

    It is si sad to die form something as stupid as a fake feeling provided by poison you put into your body. I wish we could take them all back and all the un-famous people that die from drugs every day.

  • karl

    heroin eh…? well its clear that he didnt get the help he needed then… why was she on vacation alone…?

  • snap crackle pop


    Lea was not an enabler. Reports are that he was on the straight and narrow- a hard and responsible worker in LA. But, when he was back in Vancouver with his old friends, his old habits were harder to fight. But, he was always trying very hard. He wasn’t constantly using and living a double life; he was very open to friends and coworkers about his struggles.

  • alex


    It was his attention-seeking ex girlfriend who said she was in the dark. Don’t be an idiot.

  • Louise

    I’m shocked, I dont know why I didn’t consider heroin being a possibility but it’s such a hard drug. People see what they want to see or what is shown to them and unless you actually know these people it’s very hard to understand whats happening behind closed doors. I am angry at his friends too because without them he would have found it much less of a temptation I’m sure but It could have happened anywhere at anytime. An addict is an addict and unfortunately it doesn’t have a preference on who it takes.

  • Simon

    Kind of hard to feel sorry for him.

  • Isabel

    Heroin ruined and, eventually, took the life of my brother so I feel immensely for Cory’s family and friends. Knowing you couldn’t save someone from him or herself is an incredibly hard pill to swallow and I hope those that loved him most are kind to themselves and realize that the only person who could have helped Cory was Cory.

  • jenny

    I be how people are defending a drug user. Hollywood is disgusting for allowing a drug user to be on television where young children are looking up to them. And you people are condoning it. Disgusting. Drugs don’t get a hold on someone, that someone gets a hold on drugs.

  • Roberta

    He used drugs because he wanted to. No one else is to blame but himself. He decided to do drugs again and paied a high price for it. I feel sorry for his family and Lea, but don’t feel sorry for him.

  • kelly

    I was expecting prescription meds. So many die every day from accidental combinations of them. They are really dangerous and just about every home has them now.

  • alex


    You should educate yourself on the psychology of addiction unless you want to keep being part of the problem.

  • alex

    Those who are saying they don’t feel sorry for him and singling him out to be one of the few who lost their way must be living inside a bubble. Addiction is a huge reality of our times to the point where you don’t have to be famous OR even rich to know people who are in far too deep. And yes, the problem lies within how people begin using drugs and what/who enabled them in the first place- but if you think these are rare incidents that can’t or won’t happen to someone you know, in this day and age, you’re not cautious enough.

    What really got to me with Cory Monteith is how he was clean for so many years and even when he relapsed, he checked himself into rehab again. He was discharged, he was clearly perceived to be fine by professionals and surely his family and friends. If this doesn’t open people’s eyes to how brutal drug addictions are, nothing will. He was a man striving to cure himself of his demons and to inspire young people continuously. I’ll remember him with nothing but love.

  • Nikki

    @Roberta: Maybe you’d have more sympathy if you ever lost someone to drugs. Addiction is real and it’s one of the hardest things to overcome. You need to learn some empathy!

  • lol

    Dont do drugs. Period. Just dont start. Its that simple.

  • ontd

    Addiction is a demon that you have to fight everyday of your life and it doesn’t matter how many times you are in rehab…it’s a lifelong disease. I know from experience. But seriously, why do people be it celebs or wha not..mess with heroin? It’s a no win situation.

  • anna

    So sad!! it means that he lied all the time.He was not happy because he knows what will happen there!I am sorry” Lea”, for so much invested in the power and love, and now she is left alone and completely ruined. i’m so sad

  • reya

    how do u know he had years of being clean?
    why do u assume he was goo to go just bec he left rehab?
    he was there of his own will. you are not ‘discharged’. u can leave whenever u want.
    if u knew an addict u would know they are amazing liars.
    they are good at hiding what they are doing.
    but they do these things bec they are addicts.
    He is completely responsible for his actions, but I still feel sorry for him bec addiction is tough.

  • Allie

    This whole situation is so sad. He was a young guy with so much life left to live, and it goes to show how detrimental and horrific drugs are. Once you start getting into hard drugs, there’s usually no going back. Your life will always revolve around your addiction. You think you’re good and sober for a while, but then it seems like the claws of addiction always drag you back down. It doesn’t matter how much you have going for you, how much your family/friends love you, the euphoria of drugs seems to override it all. RIP Cory, may your soul be at peace and your lost battle with addiction inspire other young addicts to recover once and for all.

  • Roberta

    @Nikki: I didn’t lose anyone to drugs, but came close to. 3 people very close to me became drug addicts, and to this day fight to stay sober. We should stop playing addicts as victims. Cory made the choice to begin to do drug, he wasn’t sick at the time he started them, he became sick after. But he made the choice. His death is a result of a bad choice that he made, no one else made it for him. No one forced him to do drugs, no one forced him to drink and use heroin. No one forced him to hang out with his friends and drink with them. He made those choices and paied a price for it. Everyone knows that to beat addiction, or even deal with it for that matter, you should change all your habits. You don’t leave rehab and a few months later go hang out with your friends and drink knowing that you have a problem. To those that said that I don’t have sympathy, well I do… for his family and Lea who are left here to mourn his death.

  • Roberta

    @Nikki: Now that I think back, I think my mother died because of the prescription med she was taking. However, we will never know because no authopsy was performed, but she had a cardiac arrest erly this year and I’m strongly convinced it was cause by this medication. I don’t know how many she took before she died, bu she was taking them. So, yes, come to think about it, I did lose someone to drugs and still stand by my opinion. I’m not trying to be rude, or insensitive for that matter, just expressing my opinion.

  • bieberlover

    its a shame. supposing role model in a highschool drama ended up dead because of drug use and alcohol. now kids know how bad drugs are. he cant blame anyone for his drug use. he chose the path and he lived it

  • Rach

    @lol: easier said than done. In this day and age, YES i agree. dont start. but a lot of middle-aged people, or even people like him, who started or tried doing drugs 15-20 years ago, have a harder time overcoming their addiction, especially if they had been doing drugs or drinking for a majority of their life. drugs were different in the 70′s and 80′s, they ran rampant.

  • Susie#1

    This is sad on so many levels. There are interviews with friends who were with him earlier on the night Cory died. A friend is quoted saying that they were together, all catching up, that Cory attended AA meetings in Vancouver, that he planned to move in with Lea. None of his friends found his behavior alarming. So, I’m wondering: if everything was supposedly okay with Cory why did he choose to indulge in alcohol and heroin, knowing that he’s an addict. It’s possible he had an AA sponsor, so is it possible that Cory didn’t call that person when he had alcohol in front of him. If everything was supposedly okay with Cory, in terms of personal and professional life, how could he separate that side of his personality from his demons. In the past, I’ve worked with alcoholics, and one of their coping mechanisms is denial: “I’m not an alcoholic, so I can just drink this one beer,” or “I’m not an alcoholic, so I can have a few drinks this weekend. No prob.”

    Yes, Cory made bad choices, and left behind many mourners. If you know of people struggling with substance abuse, please support them.

  • Reality Bites


    So.. Robert Downey JR shouldn’t be allowed to be Iron Man?

    Angelina Jolie shouldn’t be allowed to be a Special Envoy for Refugees because once upon a time they did drugs?

    Russell Brand should not be allowed.. well to do anything.

    Wow.. you really believe in the power of redemption, don’t you?

  • Greg

    Wow I thought it would’ve been an accidental overdose of some prescription medication he was taking that mixed lethally with alcohol. Sometimes you hear of insomnia pills and other legal addictive drugs that are used by someone in his position, nothing improper or out of the ordinary, but I’m surprised it was heroin-use and alcohol. Those are hard drugs. Plus, in 2009 right before starting Glee, he made it clear that he was off drinking. Guess that picked up over the course of his rise to fame.

  • emilia

    This is the lesson for all of those stars today

  • Pretested48

    There are to many young sweet kids that are being introduced to this horrible drug and are dying from it.
    Having worked in hospitals I’ve seen alot.Cory certainly didn’t look like a heroin user.I’ve seen meth adicts an he does have that look either.Crack users, Cory didn’t fit in that look either.
    You know it takes that one person to introduce someone that has that certain addictive gene in his chemistry and thats all it takes to get hooked. Thats where it starts and that is where it should end, the seller,turn them in.
    Alcohol is a Drug, take an addict out drinking ,what are they gonna do? They’ll try hard to stay sober but just one person saying ah come on ,one drink won’t hurt you ,is the worse thing in the world to say to An Alcoholic ,or Drug Addict.They shouldn’t have gone to any drinking places.True friends would have known that wasn’t a place for Cory .I think there’s more to all this ,Cory didn’t want to die. He went to rehab for help ,You don’t go to rehab to self destruct..
    We all need to let go of this,send our Sympathy’s and let the Family be to what they have to do in PEACE
    If you don’t have anything nice to say,Leave The Family alone ans Let Cory REST IN PEACE !! AMEN.

  • Pretested48

    REST IN PEACE CORY AMEN ! <3 <3 <3

  • Lisa

    I am in NO place to judge anyone. Cory dealt with his “inner demons” the only way he knew how, with drugs. No one knows what was going on inside her head or heart at the time of his death. He did a pretty good job of covering up his pain. My thoughts are prayers are with his friends and family in this time of great loss and sorrow. Cory is now in Heaven singing in God’s Choir. Cory was called HOME and he is no longer in any form of pain. God Bless.

  • Lisa

    Grammar Correction: I meant His head NOT her head.