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Cory Monteith

Drinking w/ Friends ...

Days Before Sudden Death

7/15/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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These are some of the last photos ever taken of Cory Monteith -- snapped just days before he was found dead in a hotel room -- while the "Glee" Star was hanging with friends and drinking alcohol.

Sources tell TMZ ... the pics were taken on July 6th, the same day Cory checked-in to the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver ... where he was found dead one week later.

In the pics, Cory and a few buds are seen hanging out at The Shop -- a local coffee house and clothing store for people who love motorcycles.

We spoke to the owner, who tells us, Cory came in ... was extremely friendly and really interested in choppers ... even sitting on the owner's bike.

We're told he and his friends chilled for awhile -- laughing and drinking beers. One source on-site said Cory knocked back 3 cold ones over the course of a few hours -- despite his recent stint in rehab -- but didn't seem out of control or wasted. He was perfectly nice. 

Cory's not physically seen drinking in the pics ... but the Lea Michele doppelganger he's standing next to -- who we're told is just a friend -- is seen clutching two beer cans. Possibly because cameras were around ... and Cory has been open about his substance abuse issues.

As TMZ previously reported ... Fairmont hotel staff found Cory dead in his hotel room Saturday, after spending Friday night out with friends. He was 31.

Now here's Cory's best moment in "Glee" history ... R.I.P.



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16.

maria    

So sad, and TMZ already starting rumors...maybe the other beer was for the other guy holding the T-shirt with two hands. You low life writer, for lack of a better word, never have once ounce of respect for anyone.

433 days ago
17.

mar1ey    

The guy in the picture owns The Shop, and the women is either a friend of the owner, works there, or was shopping there. All you have to do is go to their website and the guy's photo is there. These are not friends of his. Why would they have photos like this if they were?

Great sleuthing, a first grader could have figured this one out.

433 days ago
18.

LordGobblecock    

RIP he seemed a nice guy. Not convinced he was an amazing talent judging by his acting and singing but he certainly seemed decent and affable.

433 days ago
19.

Keisha    

He just got out of rehab recently. Then a short time after that and he goes out drinking and is found dead at the young age of 31. I wish his family and friends to find some peace .

433 days ago
20.

MidnightBeast    

What's sad is that people feel a drug related death is less sad than a natural one. Maybe it's easy to feel that way if you've never lost anyone in that manner before, but having experienced it more than once myself, I can tell you it's just as painful, if not more so. What matters is that a life was lost. Whether you were a fan or not, a young man is dead and there are millions who will miss him. I never watched this show, but I'm still saddened by this. For people to say it serves him right is ignorant. You can look down on addicts all you want, after all it's easy, but don't assume his life was worth less because he had a problem he couldn't overcome. During his short life, he made others happy which is an achievement many people could only wish to accomplish. To his family, friends, and fans, I'm sorry for your loss. For those leaving nasty comments, it's unnecessary. If there's no respect for the person who died, at least have respect for the innocent people mourning him and keep your comments to yourselves.

433 days ago
21.

one    

seriously not ONE photo had him drinking so why did you title it that?? And a few beers over a course of a few hours--isn't exactly bender----

433 days ago
22.

gemini636    

loved him, however, he was an had problems with drugs and alcohol if he had hep C and doing this he was a time bomb, he lost weight quickly and his face tells a story, just saying.

433 days ago
23.

taz    

Another fine example of TMZ staff talking out of Their arses. That girl looks nothing like Lea. He is never drinking anything. Are they not doing his autopsy fast enough for you guys??? Stop with all the ridic speculation.

433 days ago
24.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Maybe it´s sadly a moot point now, but what kind of substance abuse was it? Alcohol? Drugs? Coffee? What?

433 days ago
25.

Joel    

Sad -- hope it wasn't drugs.

433 days ago
26.

Lady Di    

REALLY TMZ????? I do not see him holding the beer. This is why you guys have not credibility.
Besides.....who calls Pabst Blue Ribbon beer?

433 days ago
27.

nipples mugee    

See the upper picture, look closely and you will see the grim reaper in beard posing as a tee shirt salesman... Just waiting for the right moment to collect..

433 days ago
28.

taz    

New title " Cory Monteith STANDING with Friends." See what I did there? It's called accurate reporting. If the guy died as the result of drugs or alcohol it'll come out soon enough, ease up on the personal attacks.

433 days ago
29.

kitnplayn    

You only get one life, kids. Don't go into the entertainment business, or you will end up dead like most of the successful ones, or you will end up stupid like Justine Bieber. Yeah, I said Justine, because he acts like a little freakin' girl.

433 days ago
30.

Mason     

The whole short haired bearded hipster with their retro rides thing is getting pretty annoying.

433 days ago
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