Lea Michele Speaks Out as Coroner Says Drugs and Alcohol Killed Cory Monteith

Lea Michele, Cory Monteith

Michele is grateful for fans' support as she's grieving alongside Monteith's family, while the coroner office confirms that the actor died of 'a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.'
Lea Michele broke her silence, a few days after her boyfriend and "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room. Her statement was issued as British Columbia Coroners Service officially announced the cause of his death.

"Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she's received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory's passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them," the actress said through her representative.

"They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory's family."

Almost at the same time, the B.C. coroner office revealed, "Post-mortem testing, which included an autopsy and toxicological analysis, found that Mr. Monteith, aged 31, died of a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol."

No other details are available pending a full investigation. "It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most-tragic accident," says the coroner. "When the investigation is concluded, a Coroners Report will be issued."

In a press briefing, Vancouver Police Department media relations officer Brian Montague says, "There were indications in the room that this was a drug overdose. We're not providing exactly what we found at the scene. Anything that was found at the scene would be evidence."

Monteith was found dead at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on July 13. His body was found by hotel staff after he missed out his checkout time.

The first family member who spoke out about the actor's sudden death was his cousin Richard who was seen leaving flowers outside the Canadian hotel. "Please don't judge on what is gonna be coming out," he said on Global BC TV prior to the coronor's announcement on the cause of the star's death.

"Glass half full. All the good things that he's done. There's more things on that side to focus on," he said. "Cory would do anything for anyone. Give you the shirt off his back." He added, "It's like my hero died. He's my hero because ... he made me believe. He just told me no matter how long your tunnel is ... just know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. He was that light for me."

Monteith just left rehab earlier this year. He had been open about his struggles with drug addiction in the past. In an interview, he once said that he first used drugs at 13, quit school at 16, and got his first treatment at 19.

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