Cory Monteith, the heart-throb star of the popular musical television series Glee, has been found dead at a hotel in Vancouver.
Police reported that there were no initial signs of foul play and said the cause of death was not immediately apparent.
The Canadian actor, who went into rehab earlier this year for an unspecified substance addiction, was discovered in the hotel Saturday, police said.
After he missed his check-out time of noon, paramedics responding to an emergency call found the actor dead at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver’s city centre.
Monteith, aged 31, has played the role of Finn Hudson in the Fox television series since 2009. The character is the star quarterback in the high school football team but risks alienation from his team-mates by joining the singing Glee club.
In April, a representative for Monteith said the actor was at a rehabilitation facility for an unspecified substance addiction.
Monteith checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel last Saturday, July 6, and was due to check out this weekend, according to Vancouver Police Department acting chief Doug LePard.
Mr LePard said that others were in Monteith’s hotel room on Friday night but evidence from his key fob suggested he had returned to his room alone early on Saturday. It is believed there were no others in his room when he died.
LePard offered his condolences "to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr Monteith".
He said: “As was the case in countless homes, I watched ‘Glee’ regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.”
In a statement, Montieth's spokeswoman Melissa Kates said: “We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate.”