Fallen Glee star, Cory Monteith, has reportedly been cremated after a private viewing f his body by his immediate family and partner.
According to TMZ.com, the actor, who was best known for playing Finn Hudson in the hit US teen musical drama, was cremated after a private viewing of his body by his mum Ann, brother Shaun and long-term on and off screen girlfriend, Lea Michele.
The development has hurt his biological father, Joe Monteith, who claims to have known nothing of the cremation, commenting to the site:
“[I] am going to miss Cory very, very much. I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated,”
Monteith was found dead in his Canadian hotel room on Saturday after staff checked on him when he failed to check out. A toxicology investigation revealed that a mixture of alcohol and the illegal drug, heroin, were the cause of death.
Monteith had a well-documented battle with substance abuse, and even checked himself into rehab in April to help battle his demons.
But according to friends of the star, whilst he lived a clean and hardworking lifestyle whilst in America filming the show with his anti-drugs girlfriend Lea Michele, he led a double life when he returned home to his native Canada.
According to TMZ, despite his recent rehab stint, when the actor returned to his hometown of Vancouver he would return to his old self, a “hard-partying substance abuser.”
Michele was well aware of his issues, and publicly supported him when in rehab, but it is said that in recent weeks his family became increasingly aware in a change in Monteith’s behaviour as he seemed to distance himself from them.
The coroner released a statement on Tuesday revealing the cause of death to be a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol, stating:
“There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most tragic accident. Mr. Monteith’s family has been made aware of the circumstances surrounding the death.
“On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
Adding that it offered “its sincere condolences to Mr. Monteith’s family and friends”.