GLEE star Cory Monteith has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel room, Canadian police have confirmed.

The 31-year-old actor, who played Finn in the popular TV series, reportedly died of a drug overdose in a Vancouver hotel room.

 

Monteith, who had been battling substance abuse, checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on July 6.

He was due to leave today. Room service staff discovered his body at midday, local time.

Vancouver police say there were no indications of foul play in the star’s death.

 

At the time, his spokesperson declined to elaborate on the nature of the star’s addiction.

“He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery,” Monteith’s spokesperson said,.

 

The Canadian actor and musician was candid about his long battle with substance abuse.

He entered rehab for the first time at age 19 and two years ago broke his silence in a bid to help others sharing his struggle.

“I don’t want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he said in 2011.

“But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”

Cory Monteith rose to fame playing Finn Hudson on the hit US television musical Glee.

He struck up a friendship with co-star Lea Michele on set and the pair’s relationship turned romantic last year.

The actor’s spokesperson had not commented on the status of their relationship at press time.

Lea had spoken previously about how she cherished the opportunity to professionally collaborate with Monteith.

“He really, really inspires me, and he motivates me and I think he’s just so talented,” she told People magazine.

“Working with him has been one of the best experiences of this whole process. I’m so happy,” she said.
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