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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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46.

Larc    

Cory was in rehab only 28 days by my count. The recommended stay for heroin addiction is a minimum of 90 days. Also, if TPTB at Glee were so concerned about Cory, they should have made it a contractual condition of his employment that he be accompanied by a responsible, sober companion at all times. There was no excuse for letting him stay in that Vancouver hotel room alone for a week.

410 days ago
47.

Kelly    

My question is this, and not to be insensitive or mean, I just wonder. If his addiction was bad enough to kill him how did Lea being the close in love girlfriend, not see the signs? When your in a close relationship you tend to share everything. Did she watch I'm shoot up and veg out on the couch while she cooked dinner? I mean how could she have not seen something those severe?

410 days ago
48.

elm    

They did do an intervention but unfortunately it was in the form of a Song n Dance number of a Billy Joel tune choreographed for a future Glee episode. It ended with 2 guys kissing.

410 days ago
49.

NROH    

Everyone needs to stop making such ignorant and insensitive assumptions.

410 days ago
50.

NROH    

Addiction is not a choice. A person with an addiction does not deserve to die just because they couldn't kick the habit. I am so sick of reading such insensitive, ignorant crap all over the internet today.

410 days ago
51.

NROH    

Regardless of what show he was in or whether you liked it, and regardless of how much money he had, the bottom line is that it is an absolute tragedy for anyone to die at such a young age, no matter what the cause. People are so quick to be ignorant and callous pigs (especially with relation to celebrities) that they don't stop to think that this could happen to one of their loved ones. Actors are people too - they have families and partners and friends just like you.

410 days ago
52.

Elizabeth    

Cory didn't want intervention- he had his demon's to fight..

You cannot help or save those that do not want to listen to good advice..

My thought's are with his friend's, co worker's and family, at this time..

410 days ago
53.

Gordon    

Another dead junkie. Just like Whitney, Amy, Kurt. They're all worm food now and got what they deserved. No tears from me.

410 days ago
54.

Bubbie    

One less Ahole in traffic!!!!! Stupid Junkie

410 days ago
55.

Cassie    

I don't feel sorry about his death. Just another drug addict.

410 days ago
56.

Cassie    

I don't feel sorry about his death, just another drug addict.

410 days ago
57.

ksng_grls    

Do drugs and you die. That doesn't make you a hero.

410 days ago
58.

love-truth-freedom    

I think it's great how supportive everyone was of him, but that won't make a difference if Cory himself didn't want to quit. It has to be the addict's sole choice to kick their addiction. Talking someone into it or making them think they can do it isn't enough. They have to believe in themselves. It's too bad that Cory wasn't ready... May he RIP.

410 days ago
59.

dierdre    

Sorry but I have absolute NO SYMPATHY for him. He was a JUNKIE....PERIOD....I also think it was very selfish of him NOT to even think of his girlfriend Lea, & his family. They are the ones who are left to grieve. He supposedly is in peace. Another thing that gets me so angry is: He had such a privileged life. He just threw it away. A total waste of life.......

410 days ago
60.

ElisabethIsDisgusting    

How was he using? Shooting up? Smoking?

410 days ago
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