Cory Monteith had a concoction of substances: coroner

A B.C coroner has determined that 'Glee' star Cory Monteith had a mixture of alcohol, heroin,...

A B.C coroner has determined that 'Glee' star Cory Monteith had a mixture of alcohol, heroin, morphine, and codeine in his system when he died this past summer. Gus Ruelas/REUTERS

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VANCOUVER — A B.C. Coroners Service report has determined Glee actor Cory Monteith had a combination of alcohol, heroin, morphine and codeine in his system when he died at a Vancouver hotel this summer.

The death was ruled an accident and coroners determined it was the fatal mix of alcohol and injected heroin that killed the 31-year-old.

On July 13, the Calgary-born actor was found in his Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel room unresponsive. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Mr. Monteith was found in a collapsed position on the hotel room floor,” the report reads. “It appeared that Mr. Monteith had been dead for several hours.”

A spoon with drug residue and a used needle were found within the room, along with two empty champagne bottles.

Video footage from the hotel, the report said, showed him arriving alone at his room after 2 a.m. that morning. He was found that afternoon by staff when he didn’t check out.

Coroners noted Monteith had a history of drug use despite “intermittent” periods of abstinence lasting from months to years.

The service added users can often build a tolerance to heroin, but if they take a break, that tolerance no longer protects the user and a dose could be fatal.

Monteith was born in Calgary and grew up in Victoria.


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