I was hoping desperately that the cause of ‘Glee‘ actor Cory Monteith‘s death wasn’t down to a drug relapse, but the results of the autopsy and toxicology reports undertaken confirm that he died after consuming a lethal cocktail of heroin and alcohol, with both strongly present in his system.
Over the weekend Cory‘s cousin Richard Monteith asked fans via ‘Global Views‘ to abstain from judging him over his usage, and encouraged them to remember all the brilliant things he did instead: “Please don’t judge on what is gonna be coming out. Glass half full. All the good things that he’s done. There’s more things on that side to focus on. As guys, we didn’t really talk too much about problems. But for me, anyways, that’s not the focus. People are gonna focus on this last chapter as a bad thing. Don’t use the last chapter do judge someone’s life … Because his life is full of beautiful stories and failures and successes. It doesn’t matter about his problems. It matters about the lives he changed. It matters that he was genuine.”
His final film role before his death was as a drug-addict in prison for murder in a nitty gritty indie style flick, ‘McCanick.’ Director Josh Walker has described this week Cory‘s determination to ‘People’ to not only obtain the part, but to prove to himself and others that he can move on from his troubles: “He opened up quite a bit. He was like, ‘I can do this character. I know this character. I was this character. I have lived elements of this.’ He said, ‘I was a troubled youth.’ ”
As for an update about girlfriend Lea, her representative has since provided a slightly lengthier account: “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. 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.”