Monteith had mix of morphine, codeine, heroin and liquor in body: report 0
Cory Monteith died at the age of 31 in Vancouver, July 13, 2013. (PHOTO: REUTERS)
A B.C. Coroners Service report has determined Glee actor Cory Monteith had a combination of alcohol, heroin, morphine and codeine inside his body when he died at a Vancouver hotel this summer.
The death was ruled an accident and coroners determined it was the fatal mix of alcohol and injected heroin that killed the 31-year-old.
On July 13, Monteith was found in his Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel room unresponsive. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
“Mr. Monteith was found in a collapsed position on the hotel room floor,” the report reads.
“It appeared that Mr. Monteith had been dead for several hours.”
A spoon with drug residue and a used needle were found within the room, along with two empty champagne bottles.
Video footage from the hotel, the report said, showed him arriving alone at his room after 2 a.m. that morning. He was found that afternoon by staff when he didn’t check out.
Coroners noted Monteith had a history of drug use despite “intermittent” periods of abstinence lasting from months to years.
The service added users can often build a tolerance to heroin, but if they take a break, that tolerance no longer protects the user and a dose could be fatal.