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Cory Monteith

Double Life

Sober for 'Glee', Wild in Vancouver

7/16/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cory Monteith
was leading a double life -- a hard-working, "Glee" star in L.A. struggling to stay clean ... a hard-partying substance abuser in Vancouver.


Our sources say Cory's GF Lea Michele and his "Glee" cast knew his struggles all too well and spent a lot of time keeping him clean and sober.  We're told Cory never showed up on the set under the influence of anything and most of the time abstained from drugs and alcohol.

The pic above shows the last trip Cory and Lea took together -- it was taken on June 18th in Fire Island, where they visited a friend on a movie set.  We're told Cory was sober the entire time.

There were, however, lapses, which is why he checked into rehab in April.


Our sources say Cory's resolve to stay clean dissipated whenever he returned to his native Canada.  That's where he became a drug addict with a serious drinking problem.

Corey went back to Vancouver many times, and hung out with many of the friends who helped fuel his addiction.  We're told alcohol and drugs were always involved. 

Our sources say Cory's family was aware he reverted back whenever he went North of the border, and they tried in vain to help.  We're told as family members became alarmed recently and began making a full-court press ... Cory became distant.

Somehow, Cory was able to compartmentalize his life into a tragic tale of 2 cities ... and the city where he slipped became the city where he died.



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Don't blame Vancouver.

465 days ago


I have tried so hard to understand but I don't know if there is any understanding of this evil drugs have. I lost my wonderful brother to the same death. He had family, a wife who loved him and a great job but he ran from this evil but it was always behind him. One mistake too many and I lost him forever. this just brings it back for me. Say hi to my brother in heaven. There is no drugs there.. only happiness.

464 days ago


I have an unpopular idea - - - Why waste time on anyone who abuses drugs and alcohol? I have never seen GLEE so I can only go by what others say about his talent. In my opinion, anyone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol is nothing more than a loser! I do feel sorry for his family though. Enough "print" about a druggie!

461 days ago


yep, double life, TV star by day junkie by night

461 days ago


you can't just start and stop using heroin, you need it to be well.His co workers just didn't know

461 days ago
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