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Cory Monteith

'Glee' Tried to Save Actor

from Heroin Addiction

7/17/2013 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The cast of "Glee" -- along with several producers -- knew Cory Monteith was battling a heroin addiction earlier this year and were the catalyst in his decision to go back to rehab, TMZ has learned. 

Sources connected to the production tell us ... it was no secret Monteith was off his game back in March -- and it became clear he was relapsing, specifically with heroin.

We're told the cast and the producers became very concerned ... and knew they had to address the issue with Cory.

Sources say ... the group sat down with Cory and had an "open conversation" with the actor -- stressing how much they cared about him and wanted him to get help.

One source tells us Cory was very receptive -- "It wasn't met with resistance ... He was always so grateful and aware of how fortunate he was."

"The decision was to best help our friend. The needs of the show fell second to his well-being."

Cory voluntarily checked into rehab at the end of March for a 30 day stint ... but despite his efforts, he couldn't defeat his demons, and last week, he died from a lethal mixture of heroin and alcohol.

He was 31.

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1.

Cartman    

They didn't try very hard.

361 days ago
2.

Drizzz.    

It's not about how hard anybody else tried. He didn't try. Or not very hard. Why is he being treated like some sort of martyr? A junkie will die today and nobody will bat an eyelid, but when a junkie on Glee dies there are vigils held for him. That is a defining statement showing how retarded society is.

361 days ago
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Cheekymonkey    

It's ok if you know someone's on smack. That's always cool. Good friend!

360 days ago
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Dino the Dinosaur    

Glee hired a junkie. Live by the junkie, die by the junkie.

360 days ago
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Umanyways    

This is a cover up story. Why when after he died they said they were shocked. If they were really shocked they wouldn't have known this heorine addiction. All sat down for an intervention? That's like a cast of 20! Plus let's face it Lea Michele was a BEARD. He was not only using drugs but struggling with his double life as a closet case.

360 days ago
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Larry    

I want to know what is the deal with these actors and heroin? You could not pick a worse drug for starters. I have seen first hand people come down from a heroin high and it is nasty. I say, if your going to be an addict pick a better, cleaner drug than heroin

360 days ago
7.

Amwinnie    

at the end of the day, a family is still without a child. and this is not a guy who got fame and picked up the habit; he struggled with this in his teen years, he lived on the streets and did what he had to do to get his hands on anything. he's a guy who started and helped fund getting youth off the street, he tried to speak about his drug problems so others could get help. and because he wasn't strong enough to overcome his demons, he's not worthy of empathy and his grieving loved ones are somehow at fault for "not trying hard enough"? seems pretty heartless.

360 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

It was a nice gesture, but no one can talk an addict into quitting. They have to be ready to do it for themselves.

360 days ago
9.

ernie    

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 14:12 - KJV)

360 days ago
10.

JMP    

These 30 day "stints in rehab" in some fancy Malibu mansions are USELESS!!!! You can not tell me that someone who is addicted to heroin goes in there and i "healed" after a month. No way.

360 days ago
11.

woodin    

Why did Cory's friends circle the guy with access to beer and probably other stuff when he was in recovery......The friends are ultimately not responsible for his overdose, but why help him set up the fall......

360 days ago
12.

pax    

RIP.

360 days ago
13.

tucker    

He had every advantage and opportunity in the world to get clean. He did drugs because he wanted to do drugs. I'm not going to lose any sleep over him killing himself by being an idiot.

360 days ago
14.

Kiranda    

Instead of putting him down, how about we stop to think what life must have been for him when he was young, a very troubled youth, alone, on drugs, and he somehow was able to get to Hollywood and wound up on a TV show, had talent, and was known for being kind. In the end, the drug addiction is something he couldn't kick. But you have to admit, to come from where he was, and wind up where he ended was something you would see in a movie. How about celebrating his rise, instead of his fall? Do we really need to kick everyone? The odds were against him. He made it. Then the addiction won. He lost. Very sad story, but his life was pretty remarkable.

360 days ago
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wuchutkinbout    

Heroin is a very deceptive drug. It changes an addicts brain for LIFE. While using one can seem perfectly healthy and normal. It was when you are not using you get sick. Within 8 hours of stopping you start withdrawals. You will start to sweat, shake, develop severe anxiety, can't eat, etc. That is why you need to use it again even if you don't want to. Just to feel and seem normal again. The only way to keep a Heroin addict under control is to take Methadone or Suboxone. They are prescribed by a doctor and you are a slave to follow strict rules and monitored regularly in order to get the prescription and they are stronger than the Heroin itself and if you stop them the withdrawals are the same. It's a vicious cycle.

360 days ago
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