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Cory Monteith ‘was not leading double life’

Cory Monteith spent time with "long-time sober friends" the night he tragically passed away.

The Glee star was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room last month after taking a lethal cocktail of alcohol and heroin, following a night out with friends.

After the tragedy, there was speculation the actor had been leading a dangerous "double" life in Canada, but his acting coach Andrew McIlroy says this absolutely isn't true.

He says the three pals Cory was enjoying his night with were good influences.

"They weren't strangers, they weren't bad guys. They were long-time sober friends. Cory knew them maybe ten years. Essentially, he had spent time with [them] as sober people," he explained to People.

"They were not using with him [that night]. There was no double life up here."

Cory checked himself voluntarily into a rehab facility for a 30-day spell at the end of March. The 31-year-old star had previously sought rehab help when he was 19 and had always been open about his struggle with drink and drugs.

Andrew spent time with Cory a few weeks before his tragic death and insists the star was feeling positive moving forward.

"He was just recently out of rehab and he was good," he said. "He was happy to be breathing fresh air and putting in full days and being active.

"He was fine, that's what's so awful. The vigilance against using is nuts. If I or anyone understood the mind-set, nobody would ever slip."

Meanwhile, Fox network chairman Kevin Reilly recently announced that the upcoming season of Glee will directly address Cory's character Finn Hudson's drug abuse.

“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show,” he said. “I can’t speak to it yet because it’s still being written. That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular."

Glee season 5 is set to premiere in September.

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