Glee star Cory Monteith, 31, found dead

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Canadian actor Cory Monteith, star of the hit TV show Glee, has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel.

The 31-year-old, who played Finn Hudson in the TV series about a high school glee club, was found dead in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront at about noon on Saturday.

Deputy Police Chief Doug Lepard said there was no indication of foul play. Monteith’s body was found by hotel staff after he missed his check-out time, Mr Lepard said.

“We do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death,” Coroner Lisa Lapointe said.

Mr Lepard said Monteith had been out with people earlier and that those people were being interviewed.

Monteith had voluntarily entered rehab in April. He was treated for “substance addiction” and asked for privacy as he took steps toward recovery, a representative said at the time.

Lea Michele, his Glee co-star and real-life girlfriend, told People magazine that she loved and supported him and was proud he was seeking help.

It was not Monteith’s 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”.

He said in 2011 that he was “lucky to be alive”.

Monteith starred in Glee as a high school football player who puts his status and popularity at risk to join the glee club and its outcast members. Michele plays his girlfriend in Glee, Rachel Berry.

The show, with its pop music-based musical numbers and high-profile guest stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, became an immediate hit and made stars of its relatively unknown cast.

On his Twitter account, Monteith described himself as a “tall, awkward, Canadian, actor, drummer, person”.