Coroners fast-track dead Glee star’s autopsy

"Glee" star Cory Monteith was found dead on July 13, 2013 at a hotel in Vancouver.



VANCOUVER -- The BC Coroners Service is fast-tracking the autopsy of Canadian TV star Cory Monteith, who was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday.

Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the Fox series Glee, was discovered on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim by hotel staff sent to check on the actor around noon after he failed to check out.

Coroner Barb McLintock said medical examiners must gather information from family, collect medical records and speak to associates before any decision is made about performing an autopsy.

"Given the particular high profile nature of this case, once that decision's made, we're going to try to get it done as soon as possible," she said, adding she expects an examination by Monday or Tuesday.

She added the type of autopsy to determine the cause of death could vary depending on what information examiners gather from his recent history and medical records.

"We know he was in rehab," McLintock said.

Vancouver police deputy chief Doug LePard told reporters Saturday night there were no signs of foul play and investigators believe Monteith was alone.

Video surveillance shows the actor arrived back at his hotel room during the early morning hours of Saturday before his body was discovered hours later.

The 31-year-old Glee star was born in Calgary and raised in Victoria, BC.

Father Joe Monteith, who lives in Oromocto, NB, wouldn't comment to QMI Agency about the death other than to say, "I miss my son."

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