“Glee” star Cory Monteith’s autopsy was completed Monday afternoon and — depending on the findings — initial results might be released as early as Tuesday, according to a report published by NBC News.
A spokesperson for the British Columbia Coroner’s Service said toxicology tests would be carried out as part of the investigation. The decision to search for poisons and drugs in Monteith’s system was made due to the actor’s young age coupled with various question marks in his medical history – most likely his stints in rehab.
Typically, toxicology results may take weeks to be made available. However, the Coroner’s Service said officials would try to speed-up the process because of the public interest surrounding the situation.
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As previously reported, Monteith was found dead at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel Saturday (July 13). He was 31. Deputy Police Chief Doug Lepard said there was no indication of foul play.
Monteith starred in “Glee” as Finn Hudson, a high school football player who puts his status and popularity at risk to join the glee club and its outcast members.
His time in the spotlight has included some personal struggles. In April, he admitted himself to a treatment facility for “substance addiction” and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time. It wasn’this first time in rehab. He received treatment when he was 19 and had previously talked about his addiction struggles, saying he had a serious problem and took just “anything and everything.”
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During a press conference Monday, a spokesperson for the Vancouver police department, said investigators had interviewed hotel staff and other witnesses, reviewed video tapes and key room records, but did not disclose the condition of the hotel room or where Monteith was found. The spokesperson said it was “too early to speculate” whether drugs were involved his death.