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Sunday 20 April 2014

Glee star Cory Monteith found dead

Cory Monteith has been found dead in a hotel in Canada (AP)

Canadian actor Cory Monteith, who played heart throb Finn Hudson in the hit show Glee, has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel, according to police.

The 31-year-old, who played the leading man in the TV series about a high school glee club, was found dead in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver's waterfront at about noon on Saturday.

Deputy Police Chief Doug Lepard said there is no indication of foul play. Cory's body was found by hotel staff after he missed his check-out time, Mr Lepard said.

"We do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death," said Coroner Lisa Lapointe.

Mr Lepard said Cory had been out with people earlier and that those people are being interviewed.

Cory had voluntarily entered rehab for substance abuse problems in April.

"I have no words! My heart is broken," Dot-Marie Jones, who plays football coach Shannon Beiste on Glee, said in a post on her Twitter account on Saturday night. She called Cory a "hell of a friend" and an "amazing" man.

"What an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man," tweeted Zooey Deschanel, star of another Fox show, New Girl.

Fox and the producers of Glee, including 20th Century Fox Television, called him an exceptional performer "and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously".

Cory's TV credits included roles on the series Kaya and Kyle XY and guest appearances on Smallville, Supernatural, Stargate, Flash Gordon and Interns. His film credits included Final Destination 3, The Invisible, Deck the Halls and Whisper.

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