In the wake of Glee star, Cory Monteith’s untimely death due to a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol, the press has been interviewing sources close to the actor in an attempt to piece together what led to such a tragic end.
TMZ reports that the intervention that got Cory into rehab last april was staged by his Glee coworkers:
Sources connected to the production tell us … it was no secret Monteith was off his game back in March — and it became clear he was relapsing, specifically with heroin. We’re told the cast and the producers became very concerned … and knew they had to address the issue with Cory. Sources say … the group sat down with Cory and had an “open conversation” with the actor — stressing how much they cared about him and wanted him to get help. One source tells us Cory was very receptive — “It wasn’t met with resistance … He was always so grateful and aware of how fortunate he was.” He had “major track marks,” the bruised-looking blemishes and scars on the skin caused by intravenous drug use. “His detox was very long,” the friend said.
E News reports, via sources, that Cory’s struggle with drug abuse was darker than the public and his friends realized:
Before Monteith checked into the Betty Ford Center in California after an intervention in late March, “he was shooting up heroin and crystal meth,” another friend of Monteith remembers. “It was very scary.”
Sources close to Cory’s Glee co-star, and real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele tell US Magazine she had no idea he was using heroin again. Lea’s Spring Awakening co-star and Glee guest star, Jonathan Groff has been by her side.
“Lea has been inconsolable,” one source close to the singer and actress, 26, tells Us Weekly, adding that Michele “didn’t know” that Monteith had relapsed with heroin following his April rehab stint. “She’s been talking with Cory’s family the entire time and wants to plan the whole funeral,” another insider says. “It’s an absolute mess,” the second insider says. “It’s just devastating, tragic news. A lot of his friends in L.A. had no idea how bad his drug use was. Everyone is still shocked beyond belief.”
Glee star, Dianna Agron, has released a statement:
“I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile,” said Agron, who as mean-girl cheerleader Quinn was Monteith’s first love interest on the Fox musical. “Glee was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry.”
“We really cut our teeth and grew up on this show. In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there,” she said. “Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone’s hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me but my family.”
“My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend,” the always insightful actress went on to say. “We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us.”