Cory Monteith, 31, who was known for his role in the hit show, ‘Glee’, was found dead Saturday afternoon, July 13th in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia after he failed to check out on time.

According to the British Columbia Coroner’s Service findings from a toxicology report, Cory Monteith died of an overdose of lethal amounts of heroin and alcohol. His death is believed to be nothing more than a tragic accident.

The ‘Glee’ star had talked openly of his struggles with drug addiction, saying in interviews that he began boozing and smoking pot at age 13.

He went to rehab for this first time at 19 after his family intervened.  In the spring of 2013, he admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction.

Monteith was due to begin working on the fifth season of the hit Fox show, ‘Glee’ in two weeks. The producers of the show are still trying to figure out how they are going to move forward with the story lines without Cory Monteith‘s character, Finn Hudson.

Cory Monteith, 'Glee' Star Dies of Heroin and Alcohol Overdose

We have heard of so many tragic endings of other celebrities who have died of  drug overdoses like Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston,  Chris Farley, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, and many more. These stories are reminders of the responsibility all of us have in this war against drugs. Parents need to talk to their children and let them know the dangers of drugs. They need to communicate with their children and play an active role in the lives of their children before it is too late.

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