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Canadian actor Cory Monteith, who rose to stardom playing the reluctant quarterback-turned-singer Finn Hudson in the hit television series Glee, was found dead Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room. He was 31.
Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard confirmed his death Saturday night, telling a hastily called news conference that the cause of death had yet to be determined, but foul play was not suspected. He added that investigators believed Monteith died alone.
Police say an autopsy is expected to take place on Monday to determine the cause of death.
The actors death comes more than three months after he told People magazine he had voluntarily admitted himself into rehab for substance abuse, though police declined to speculate whether there was any connection.
Monteith checked into the hotel a week earlier and had been scheduled to check out on Saturday, but when he missed his check-out time, hotel staff entered the room around noon and found his body.
Video and electronic records from the hotel indicate Monteith entered his room early Saturday morning, and British Columbias chief coroner said hed been dead for several hours by the time he was found.
LePard said police took the unusual step of summoning the media to head off the inevitable speculation the stars death would generate.