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Cory Monteith Died of Overdose of Heroin and Alcohol: Coroner


Actor Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia coroner's office, the AP reports:

The British Columbia coroner's office says in a statement Tuesday that "there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident."

Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room over the weekend.

Since his death, details have emerged about his last film role playing a street hustler addicted to drugs in the yet-to-be-released, McKanick.  The film's director, Josh C. Waller, spoke to The LA Times about Monteith's desire to delve into his troubled past for the role:

“In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy [for the role], but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man,” Waller said in an interview on Sunday, hours after the actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. “But when I met with him, he wanted to do it so badly. He was very vocal about his past, and said he wanted to tap into things from his youth that he hadn’t been able to use as an actor yet.”

Though the film has yet to find distribution, Waller hopes that people will get to see Monteith in a role that he took pride in:

"It's tricky, because you know there's a group of people that want to see the movie because it’s his last film — but by no means does anybody want to exploit the tragedy...I want people to see the movie, because Cory deserves that. People would ultimately see that he had a lot more to offer artistically, and it's a shame that this happened because now he can't explore that."

Watch a clip, courtesy of Yahoo Movies, of Monteith in his last role in McKanick AFTER THE JUMP...

Monteith2Bravo has announced it will re-air the episode of Inside The Actors Studio that features Monteith among the other cast members of Glee, The Huffington Post reports. Host James Lipton recalled his memories of co-starring on Glee and interviewing Monteth:

"Lipton also shared Monteith's surprisingly thoughtful response to his question, 'If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?' According to Lipton, 'Cory’s God said, ‘Uh, sorry I haven’t been around. There’s a good explanation.’ Lipton added, 'I certainly hope there is. We needed Cory’s gifts.'”

Never known to miss an opportunity for hate-mongering, Westboro Baptist Church has announced that it will picket Monteith's funeral because Glee features gay characters.

According to GossipCop, upon hearing of Monteith's death, the group declared, “PRAISE GOD for killing Cory Monteith — a wicked fag-enabler before the LORD!" They later tweeted, “Westboro Baptist Church is GLEE-ful over God’s righteous judgment to end @CoryMonteith’s life! Funeral picket soon!” Perhaps most appalling was Westboro's tweet to Monteith's girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele: “Will @msleamichele kill herself as well? Then the wedding can go on as planned IN HELL! — invites for all their fans!” Westboro also posted a "eulogy" to Monteith (pictured at right).

Watch a clip, courtesy of Yahoo Movies, of Monteith in his last role in McKanick AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Playing the role of an addict is a dangerous thing for an addict to do. Hollywood exploited him.

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 16, 2013 5:43:51 PM

  2. Good luck WBC. His funeral will most likely be in Canada (him being Canadian) and its basically impossible for them to get into the country. And if they did they'd end up in Jail for awhile. Here's the pertinent Parts of the Criminal Code of Canada.

    "319. (1) Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of
    (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
    (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
    Marginal note:Wilful promotion of hatred

    (2) Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of
    (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
    (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction."

    Posted by: Stephen | Jul 16, 2013 5:47:51 PM

  3. I really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY wish blogs and the rest of the media would stop giving Westboro Baptist Church the lifeblood they need to propagate their hatred: airtime. Ignore them, and they will go away.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 16, 2013 5:51:08 PM

  4. What was he hoping to accomplish? To be this generation's Robert Downey Jr? How sad. I hope someone learns from this.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 16, 2013 5:59:15 PM

  5. I agree with PETERPARKER. This blog and HuffPoGay give WBC too much attention. I think HuffPo actually LIKES WBC b/c they run stories on them multiple times a week just to get clicks. Ignore them and they will cease to exist.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jul 16, 2013 6:06:52 PM

  6. This is your brain on Fundamentalism.

    Any questions?

    Posted by: Peter | Jul 16, 2013 6:07:37 PM

  7. Um, Westboro... I've now lost all respect for you. It's Barbra, not Barbara

    Posted by: bravo | Jul 16, 2013 6:46:22 PM

  8. Westboro is doing a fantastic job promoting equality and helping destroy religion as a force in our culture. Let them keep hating -- it is a huge turnoff to 99% of the population, and those that it appeals to are too far gone and/or mentally ill already.

    Posted by: Gestly | Jul 16, 2013 6:53:08 PM

  9. Very very sad.

    How does Westboro know he slept (that is, had intercourse) with anyone? Were they there?

    Posted by: Alan | Jul 16, 2013 7:05:39 PM

  10. Let's all hope that the "good" people of the Westboro Baptist Church do take their garbage to Canada and try to pull the crap that they get away with here. Canadian laws are not the same as those in the U.S. Just because Canada looks like the U.S. doesn't mean you have the freedom to get away with the SH*T there that you do here. Let them try it, and then we won't have to hear from them for a few years while they rot in a Canadian jail.

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Jul 16, 2013 7:34:52 PM

  11. "Live and let die".

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 16, 2013 8:08:30 PM

  12. @JAKEINLOVE - I imagine he was trying to get high. Asking what an addict was trying to accomplish is a silly question. It's an addiction for a reason.

    Posted by: Logan | Jul 16, 2013 8:17:15 PM

  13. Next up: Scott Evans.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 16, 2013 8:59:36 PM

  14. Thanksfully he's far from human controversy and problems forevermore, whats the point of naming what he did wrong?, it's an irreversible loss to their friends and family, I pray for his soul has been able to found the peace he could't reach here on earth, rest in peace.

    Posted by: MArk | Jul 16, 2013 9:16:38 PM

  15. does the WBC still have their tex exemption?

    Posted by: V-8 | Jul 16, 2013 9:20:16 PM

  16. Why on earth would you give a forum for the westboro animals to spew their hatred. The only place I've seen that despicable sign is on this "Gay" forum. Every other news outlet has ignored this disgraceful sign. I know it's supposed to be good to know your enemy but these idiots should be ignored. They are beneath our contempt.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Jul 16, 2013 9:23:25 PM

  17. @ I WONT GROW UP,

    It's to keep the gays radicalized and fearful. That way, The Gays will vote the 'correct' way, and have the 'correct' thoughts.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 16, 2013 10:00:55 PM

  18. @ I WONT GROW UP,

    It's to keep the gays radicalized and fearful. That way, The Gays will vote the 'correct' way, and have the 'correct' thoughts.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 16, 2013 10:00:55 PM

  19. I've snorted heroin numerous times in my past, and understand how people become addicted to it, and well do almost anything to get it. It's an amazing drug.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 16, 2013 10:05:29 PM

  20. You'd think there'd be some way of charging WBC with some sort of hate crime for that tweet to Lea Michele suggesting she kill herself...

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Jul 16, 2013 10:40:10 PM

  21. What good comes from Towleroad posting the hateful comments of the mutants of the Westboro Hate Group about the death of the young Monteith? It seems to me that good taste and respect for the young man and his family should trump sensationalism.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 16, 2013 11:20:02 PM

  22. @RATBASTARD Obviously you didn't snort enough of the stuff.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 17, 2013 12:20:44 AM

  23. Jesus, people. A good guy is dead. This is about mental illness, not petty politics or psycho religious fanatics. He was a friend and ally to our community. Put aside the petty BS, please.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jul 17, 2013 1:42:17 AM

  24. Honestly, having your funeral picketed by the WBC should be seen as a badge of honor. Still, they're stupid attention whores and should be ignored.

    Posted by: Nirgal | Jul 17, 2013 4:18:10 AM

  25. The take away I got from this post after sadness about a young life lost is the same as many other comments--

    Andy, PLEASE STOP ACTING AS THE MEGAPHONE FOR WESTBORO. They have a right to speak, but MAKE THEM DO THE WORK THEMSELVES. I don't know what else to say...please stop spreding their message.

    Posted by: Delish | Jul 17, 2013 8:34:04 AM

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