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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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76 COMMENTS

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31.

noel    

never heard of him before his death but i wish him well in the afterlife. my impression of him is that he was awkward. his eyes didn't open properly and he looked like a fifteen year old.

443 days ago
32.

J.E.B.    

Why couldn't this have happened to someone MORE deserving....like ........Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan, any or ALL of the Kardashians, Lady Gag-Ugh, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, or anybody else you can think of?

443 days ago
33.

Doctor Suckit    

One down and 15 to go...can Jane Lynch be next? Please?

443 days ago
34.

kennyrbaker    

I don't see any evidence of him drinking.
I feel very sorry for what his friends and family are going through.
If you want to post some of his last photos, fine, but don't fabricate a story around them.

443 days ago
35.

broncosgodess    

Why is it always SO TRAGIC when a, mediocre at best, Hollywood doper finally od's?

Call it what is it TMZ.... cliche` not tragic.

443 days ago
36.

rainee    

No self-respecting Canadian man is going to drink Pabst on Canadian soil. Don't know who sold u those pics, but honestly...no one drinks Pabst here, especially motorcycle enthusiasts. They.Just.Don't. #FAKE

443 days ago
37.

c    

I think "Glee star" is an oxymoron. Seriously, who cares?

443 days ago
38.

tmzcommenter    

If you want to know why he died, head over to Blind Gossip.

443 days ago
39.

Utell    

Tell someone they can't have something ever again in their lives is a surefire way to get them binging on it. Addicts need to be educated in harm reduction while they're still active in their addictions. Many lives could've been saved.

443 days ago
40.

Snowballx    

Drinking? He's not drinking in ANY photos.

443 days ago
41.

TexasBlonde    

I have seen "friends" try to get their alcoholic friend to have a drink. One drink will not hurt anything, but they are wrong. Friends who encourage and friend who has a problem with alcohol and drugs are virtually signing their friend's death warrant. Do not do it. In fact it would be a great idea for you to choose to not drink as well especially when they are in your presence. Yes, they do need to learn to refrain even when others are drinking. That is one sign they are conquering their addiction, but do not push drinks into their hands.

443 days ago
42.

Steve    

OMG they both ruin this song..EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW NEXTTTTTT.and thats what you get for doing drugs..I DONT CARE FOR ANYONE that has a overrdose.there problem nobody elses.hahah who cares and this song..TOTALLY RUIND

443 days ago
43.

lois    

Friends?? These are no damn friends..they killed him. He is a recovering alcholic and they are drinking with him???? You call them friends? I think they are more like murderes..!

443 days ago
44.

silvia    

She's not Lea Michele! Do you think Lea would hold beer next to his boyfriend who was hust come from the rehab?? please...Somebody with that huge problem shouldn't even smell it. So sad for him. I really love him as an actor and as human being.

443 days ago
45.

Mojo    

Just curious but... why was Cory in Vancouver and Lea in Mexico? We've been seeing pictures of Lea in a barely there bikini posted on the internet this past weekend and now pictures of Cory with a not near as beautiful Lea... why is there no curiousity on that? Why is there only talk of drugs? Maybe there was trouble in paradise? Something isn't fitting quite right...

443 days ago
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