It has been revealed that the autopsy into Cory Monteith’s death will be fast-tracked due to “intense public interest”.
The news broke yesterday that the 31-year-old actor has passed away at midday on Saturday 13 July in his hotel room in Canada. The news saddened and shocked many people around the globe and due to public interest the autopsy is being fast-tracked.
According to E! Online, the results from the autopsy, which is set to begin today, will be known in “two or three days” which will document a cause of death – which is currently unknown.
Speaking to Sky News following Monteith’s passing, Deputy Police Chief Doug LePard said that there were no signs of “foul play”. Although Monteith was staying with friends in the room, video and fob key data show that Monteith returned to his room alone in the early hours of Saturday morning, which is when he passed away.
Cleaning staff found Monteith’s body when they went to check on him as he had missed his check-out time on Saturday afternoon.
Girlfriend, Lea Michele has not spoken directly to the press as of yet, but her representative has asked that “everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time”.
Meanwhile, tributes from celebrities and co-stars flooded in yesterday.
Taylor Swift – who dated Monteith in 2010 said: “Speechless. And for the worst reason”.
Rihanna added: “Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels… Heartbreaking. My prayers are with all of his loved ones”.
Mark Salling, who plays Monteith’s on-screen best pal in Glee, Puck, simply tweeted “no”.
The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev said: “I’m gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory’s family and friends. Lets respect their space as they grieve. (sic)”
New mum, Kim Kardashian added: “Just heard about the death of Cory Monteith. So sad. Prayers 4 his family. Praying 4 Lea too! Words cant describe what they must be feeling. (sic)”
Elsewhere, the UK home of Glee, Sky1 aired two episodes of the show last night as a tribute to Cory.
Sky1 tweeted: “A reminder that following today’s sad news, we pay tribute to Cory Monteith with memorable episodes of #Glee on #Sky1HD 6pm #RIPCoryMonteith”.
Monteith voluntarily entered rehab earlier this year to get on top of his substance addiction and it said he was doing very well since leaving the facility in April.