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Cory Monteith 'couldn't handle fame'

Cory Monteith always struggled with becoming famous, it has been claimed.

The 31-year-old star died of a heroin and alcohol overdose in a Canadian hotel room on Saturday.

He has battled addiction throughout his life, seeking treatment when he was 19 and again in March and April this year. Although he was open about that struggle, it has been claimed he found it harder to talk about the effect his celebrity status had on his life.

"Fame was hard for him," an insider told People magazine. "It was something he knew he deserved but somehow he never quite knew how to handle."

Cory found fame playing Finn Hudson in US TV show Glee, which is about a group of high school students who enjoy singing.

He was dating his co-star Lea Michele at the time of his death and it's been claimed some of his other cast mates were aware he was struggling with a drug problem. They are said to have spoken to him about it in March, which was one of the reasons he sought help.

Although Cory loved being part of the show, it's suggested his life was very different to the one his fans thought he lived. Despite his issues, he always remained professional and there have been multiple reports about how kind he was on set.

"They worked hard and partied hard," a Glee source explained. "[In real life] these aren't high school kids. They are adults who enjoyed the perks of fame.

Another insider added: "I never saw him come to work late, lose his temper, not know his line or argue with crew and cast mates."

Shortly after Cory's death, his cousin Richard gave a TV interview in which he begged people to remember the actor's positive side and not focus on the manner of his death.

"His life was full of beautiful stories, triumphs, failures and successes that it does not matter what his problems were… it matters how many lives he changed and that he was genuine," Richard said.

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