On July 13, 2013, a Canadian star was taken from the world far too soon. At the age of 31, Cory Monteith passed away due to the ingestion of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.
Today would have been the “Glee” star’s 33rd birthday. A tribute episode of the show was aired in his memory in October 2013. Earlier today, on-and-off girlfriend and fellow “Glee” star Lea Michele tweeted a picture of Monteith with a drum set along with the message “I know you’re serenading everyone right now.. We love you Cory! Happy birthday..,” ending the tweet with a heart emoticon.
The Calgary-born Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmount Pacific Rim hotel in downtown Vancouver after failing to meet his checkout time, and when hotel staff called paramedics, he was later declared dead on the scene, according to a July 2013 Huffington Post article.
Monteith had two films premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 posthumously. They were “McCanick,” released in March 2014 in North American theatres, and “All the Wrong Reasons,” released in North American theatres in November 2013.
Monteith had a history with drug abuse and her mom, Ann McGregor, 63, talked about her son in a July 2014 interview with Good Morning America. She talked about Monteith’s first “Code Blue”, a hospital emergency code indicating an individual needs immediate medical attention. He was 15 years old and she believes that was her son’s turning point.
“A lot of it was he really wanted a relationship with his father,” she said in the interview. “I think when a child gets invalidated they keep reaching even harder.”
He had entered rehabilitation in March 2013 for substance addiction and then left rehab in April 2013. While Monteith and Michele were not engaged at the time of Cory’s death, they were prepared to spend the rest of their lives together and had talked about starting a family, she had revealed to Glamour UK magazine in February 2014.
The last words Monteith had said to the 29-year-old Michele were “If you say so.” Michele has a tattoo of those words on her ribcage, and also wrote a song with that title. She pushed back the release date of her first solo album “Louder,” released in February 2014.
“Glee” co-star Kevin McHale suggested that the show never quite recovered after Cory’s death, to The HuffPost Show last week.
When the show ended in February, Lea Michele posted a picture to Instagram of her carrying Cory Monteith’s framed McKinley Titans’ jersey from the show, with the caption, “One last thing.”
Since Cory’s passing, Michele has started dating model and lifestyle coach Matthew Paetz since last June.