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Monteith 'discussed relationship before death'

Cory Monteith seemed "happy and healthy" as he hung out with friends the night before his death.

The 31-year-old actor was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday after he failed to check out on time. An autopsy has been carried out but no cause of death has been established yet, with toxicology tests outstanding.

Cory enjoyed an evening out with friends on Friday night, with one of them telling RadarOnline Cory spoke about his future with his Glee co-star girlfriend Lea.

"We talked about his moving in with Lea and that was really it," the source said. "He adores her."

The actor battled drug and alcohol addictions during his life, checking into rehab when he was 19 and again in March this year.

The insider has claimed that Cory wasn't drinking on Friday, although he did meet pals at a bar in East Vancouver.

"He wasn’t drinking when we were with him. He seemed really happy and healthy when I saw him," the insider insisted.

“[I'd be] extremely surprised [if it turned out he was on drugs that night]. He wasn’t super talkative or misty eyed. Just normal. Catching up, chatting, and then on his way. Everyone expected to be seeing him again shortly, so it wasn’t a big night… It was friends getting together chatting about things that have been going on in their lives."

Cory was staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel when he passed away. Lea has asked to be allowed to grieve in private.

Cory's cousin Richard Monteith has been pictured leaving flowers with a pile of tributes outside the hotel. He appeared emotional and gave an interview yesterday, in which he begged people to think of the positive aspects of his cousin's life rather than the circumstances of his death.

"Please don’t judge on what is gonna be coming out," he told Global BC TV.

"Glass half full. All the good things that he’s done. There’s more things on that side to focus on. Cory was beautifully genuine. He would do anything for anyone. Give you the shirt off his back. I didn’t see it coming.

"As guys, we didn’t really talk too much about problems. But for me, anyways, that’s not the focus. People are gonna focus on this last chapter as a bad thing. Don’t use the last chapter to judge someone’s life… Because his life is full of beautiful stories and failures and successes.

"It doesn’t matter about his problems. It matters about the lives he changed. It matters that he was genuine."

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