Glee actor Cory Monteith is featured on the cover of the latest issue of People magazine. Tragically, the actor was 31-years-old when he was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. He had passed away as the result of a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. The death has since been ruled an accidental overdose by the Coroner’s office.
From the story in People:
“Fame was hard for him,” says the friend. “It was something he knew he deserved but somehow he never quite knew how to handle.”
At the same time, several insiders say that he and much of the young cast indulged in a lifestyle that comes with being single, rich and famous.
“They worked hard and partied hard,” says a Glee source, adding that in real life, “these aren’t high school kids. They are adults who enjoyed the perks of fame.”
And yet, on set, Monteith was respected for his professionalism.
“I never saw him come to work late, lose his temper, not know his line or argue with crew and castmates,” says another show source.
What a shame that he is gone so soon. His girlfriend Lea Michele has asked for privacy during this tough time as she and his family grieve their loss.