Thursday, May 30, 2024

Cory Monteith Coroner’s Final Report: Drug Paraphernalia In Room, Including a Spoon with Residue and Hypodermic Needle


The British Columbia Coroner has just issued their final report on Cory Monteith. Here’s the press release. More to come:

The BC Coroners Service has completed its investigation into the death of actor
Cory Monteith and has released its final report into Mr. Monteith’s death.
Coroner Claire Thompson concluded that Mr. Monteith, aged 31, died of mixed drug toxicity,
involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol.

The death has been ruled Accidental.

Mr. Monteith was found deceased in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in downtown
Vancouver, B.C., shortly after noon on July 13, 2013. He had checked into the hotel on July 6
and had been expected to check out on the 13. When he had not done so, hotel staff checked
his room and found him unresponsive on the floor.

Investigators at the scene found drug paraphernalia, including a spoon with drug residue and a
used hypodermic needle, along with two empty champagne bottles and glasses. The
investigation confirmed that hotel video captured Mr. Monteith returning alone to his room at
2:16 a.m. on July 13, and that he was not seen alive again.

It was also confirmed that he had a history of illicit drug use with intermittent periods of
rehabilitation and of abstinence from drugs. It is noted that if someone has abstained from
using opioids (which include heroin) for a period of time, tolerance may be lessened.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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