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Cory Monteith Dies at 31 From Apparent Drug Overdose


Cory Monteith made headlines earlier this year after entering rehab for a second time, with the support of his co-star and real life love, Lea Michele. Just a few years prior, Monteith gave interviews in which he candidly addressed his out-of-control past and addiction, noting that he was “lucky to be alive” (Donnelly). Sadly, it seems that the 31-year-old actor succumbed to his addiction once more, and died this past Saturday from an apparent drug overdose (Mandell). Unfortunately, this story is not unique – people just like Cory Monteith die every day from drug overdoses and other drug-related causes.

Cory Monteith skyrocketed to fame when he got the role of Finn Hudson on the hit show ‘Glee’. Since then, he had been candid about his struggles with addiction, stating that he’d entered rehab for the first time when he was 19 (Mandell). The young actor faced potential legal consequences after stealing a significant amount of money from a family member, and agreed to go to treatment. More than ten years later, Monteith entered rehab again with both pressure and support from his girlfriend so that he wouldn’t have to go back to his old way of living with all the added pressures of Hollywood and the publicity that comes along with it. Sadly, it seems that Monteith slipped one last time.

Staff at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel checked on Cory Monteith after he missed his checkout time on Saturday morning; and discovered his lifeless body after entering the room (Almasy). The security tapes at the hotel captured Cory entering the hotel in the late hours of the night by himself, and police have ruled out foul play as the cause of death (Almasy, Mandell). All signs point to a drug overdose, leaving his co-stars, loved ones, and fans reeling as he joins the ranks of other celebrities who’ve died from addiction and overdoses; including Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, and Michael Jackson.

This type of news is always sad, and never gets easier to hear. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people die from drug overdoses around the globe every year. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that anywhere from 102,000 and 247,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2011 (International Overdose Awareness Day). Everyday, someone dies from the disease of addiction and leave behind friends, family, and those who cared about them. Cory Monteith was one of these people; he left not only a legacy with his talent, but with his willingness to openly and honestly address a topic that many people still misunderstand. Addiction is a disease that crosses every social and economic border; anyone from the rich and famous to the poorest of the poor can be afflicted and die from a drug overdose or from other addiction related causes; such as violence, suicide, HIV, or other diseases that can be transmitted through needles.

The story of Cory Monteith and his struggle with addiction can serve as both a warning and reality check. Rehab is often a necessary stop for addicts and alcoholics to begin addressing their issues, but sobriety and recovery is a process, and relapse can be death. Here was a man who was incredibly talented, by all accounts a nice, caring guy who took that ‘once more’ and didn’t get another chance. His story is written, but yours doesn’t have to be. For addicts and alcoholics who are lucky enough to have found a sober life, Cory Monteith is a sombering reminder of just how cunning, baffling, and powerful addiction can be. RIP, Cory Monteith.


Works Cited

Almasy, Steve. “‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead in hotel in Canada.” 15 July 2013. CNN. Web. 16 July 2013.

Donnelly, Matt. “Cory Monteith opens up about drug abuse, rehab.” 23 June 2011. LA Times. Web. 16 July 2013.

International Overdose Awareness Day. “Facts & Stats.” n.d. OverdoseDay. Web. 16 July 2013.

Mandell, Andrea. “‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith, 31, dies in Vancouver.” 15 July 2013. USA Today. Web. 16 July 2013.

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