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    Cory Monteith, 31; starred as singer, coach on ‘Glee’

    Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, and Lea Michele during a scene from “Glee.’’
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    Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, and Lea Michele during a scene from “Glee.’’

    NEW YORK — Cory Monteith, who played an upbeat and outgoing young student and singing coach on the hit Fox musical comedy series “Glee,” but who battled substance abuse problems in his personal life, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday. He was 31.

    The police said Mr. Monteith was found in his 21st-floor room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel about noon after he missed his checkout time. They said that people Mr. Monteith had been with earlier were being interviewed but that they believe he was alone when he died and there was no indication of foul play.

    The coroner will try to establish the cause of death, a police statement said.


    Mr. Monteith, a 6-foot-3 performer with a youthful countenance and a soft-spoken demeanor who described himself on his personal Twitter page as a “tall, awkward, Canadian, actor, drummer, person,” gained worldwide attention when “Glee” made its debut on the Fox network in 2009.

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    Mr. Monteith with Michele, his costar and real-life girlfriend.
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    On that series, Mr. Monteith played Finn Hudson, an Ohio high school student and football star who initially had no interest in joining his school’s struggling glee club for fear it would cost him his popularity and social standing. But once drawn into the singing squad, Finn became a crucial member, sharing vocal duties on its signature cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and sharing romantic tensions with fellow students Rachel (Lea Michele) and Quinn (Dianna Agron).

    In recent episodes, Finn graduated from high school but returned to coach the glee squad.

    “Glee,” which recently finished its fourth season, is one of Fox’s biggest hits of recent years, especially with younger audiences.

    A press representative for Fox said Sunday that production on the new season of “Glee” was not scheduled to begin until later this month or early August, and that no decision had yet been made about how the show might address Mr. Monteith’s death.


    Earlier this year, Mr. Monteith announced that he had checked himself into a treatment center for an unspecified substance addiction. He had acknowledged in a past interview that he also sought rehabilitation when he was 19.

    Cory Allan Michael Monteith was born on May 11, 1982, in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, after his parents divorced.

    He dropped out of school at 16, having attended 16 different schools by that time, and worked at many jobs before gaining his first professional acting roles in his early 20s.

    Mr. Monteith appeared on television shows including “Stargate Atlantis,” “Supernatural,” and “Smallville,” then landed his role on “Glee” with the help of an audition tape on which he sang REO Speedwagon’s 1985 hit, the love ballad “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

    The news of Mr. Monteith’s death elicited an outpouring of grief and remembrances from friends and colleagues.


    Michele, Mr. Monteith’s ‘‘Glee’’ costar and real-life girlfriend, was asking for privacy after receiving news of his death, said her representative, Molly Kawachi of ID-PR.

    Dot-Marie Jones, a “Glee” costar, wrote on her Twitter account that Mr. Monteith “was not only a hell of a friend” but an “amazing” man “that I will hold close to my heart forever.”

    According to some news reports, Mr. Monteith leaves his parents and a brother.

    In an interview in 2011, Mr. Monteith had said that he hoped his struggles with addiction would offer an example to others.

    “I don’t want kids to think it’s OK to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he said. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”