Glee actors you may not know have died
At “Joy“, Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, an all-American sportsman with a sensitive side and a calming voice. Finn’s relationship with Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry was a centerpiece of the series’ dramatic moments, earning the affectionate” Finchel “coat rack. (and the two also had an offscreen relationship.) However, Monteith came to the cast of “Glee” with great personal difficulty. In a 2011 interview with Parade, the Canadian actor opened up about his drug and alcohol problems, which began when he was just 13 years old. At the age of 19, Monteith’s friends and family organized an intervention, after which Monteith entered rehab for the first time.
Sadly, Monteith’s demons continued to haunt him throughout his twenties. In March 2013, at the age of 30, Monteith entered rehab, finishing the program at the end of April (via E! Online). Then, on July 17, news broke that Monteith had been found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver. Autopsy results revealed that the actor died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol; codeine and morphine were also found in his blood. The third episode of the fifth season of “Glee”, titled “The Quarterback”, is dedicated to Monteith.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. Visit the Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration website or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).