Monteith Felt This Was 'His Last Chance'

Source says 'Glee' star was committed to getting sober

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 15, 2013 6:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – There's no word yet on what killed Cory Monteith—the autopsy is scheduled for today, Fox News reports—but one thing is certain: After completing a month in rehab in April, Monteith seemed upbeat and looking forward to whatever the future held, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was seen in magazines vacationing with girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele, and it appeared he had turned things around. In his last interview, he told E! he was "really, really happy to be coming back" to Glee; one of E!'s sources says he was "committed to getting sober. He would say this was his last chance." Then he was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday just after noon; security records show he had returned to the room in the wee hours that morning. Police say he went out with friends Friday night, but was alone when he got back to his room, the Atlantic Wire reports.

Two days before his death, Monteith had "a quiet night with a lot of laughing" with a mentor who runs a children's arts charity, she tells People. "He looked so good, so healthy," she says. "I hadn't seen him look that good in a long time. ... He was in great spirits." (Click to see a photo from the meal, which could be the last photo taken of Monteith.) The mentor says no one drank alcohol during the meal, but TMZ notes Monteith was drinking on July 6, the day he checked into the hotel. Many of his Glee co-stars, as well as the show's producers and Fox network, are reacting to Monteith's death, but the only official word from Michele's rep: "We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time." A source tells HollywoodLife that Michele, 26, "is absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable. She is devastated beyond belief."

This file photo shows Cory Monteith and Lea Michele at the 2012 Do Something awards in Santa Monica, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
A stuffed moose and a note are left at a memorial for Canadian actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
A handwritten card is placed among flowers at a small memorial to actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
A woman walks past a small memorial Sunday for actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
In this Aug. 19, 2012 file photo, Cory Monteith attends the 2012 Do Something awards in Santa Monica, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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