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Cory Monteith Death Report

Injecting Heroin, Slamming Alcohol

Before Death

10/2/2013 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1002_cory_montieth_gettyCory Monteith was shooting heroin and downing champagne in his hotel room on the night of his death ... this according to the final coroner's report obtained by TMZ.

The "Glee" star was discovered alone in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on July 13 shortly after noon.

When responders arrived to the scene, they discovered a "spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle."

They also found 2 empty champagne bottles and glasses.

The coroner lists Monteith's official cause of death as "mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol."

The report also notes that Cory "had a history of illicit drug use with intermittent periods of rehabilitation and of abstinence from drugs."

The coroner suggests that Cory's tolerance for substance abuse may have been lower than usual because he had stopped using since a rehab stint in April.

Monteith was 31.

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Jane Lynch

Delivers Warts & All Tribute to Cory

Klugman's Son Be Damned

9/23/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jane Lynch just delivered a powerful tribute at the Emmys for her "Glee" costar Cory Monteith ... that definitely won't make Jack Klugman's son feel any better.

Jane pulled no punches during the speech ... reminding the audience Cory "wasn't perfect" -- and referred to his death as a reminder of the dangers of addiction.

Klugman's son felt the Emmys dissed his father by choosing to pay special tribute to Cory ... whose death he called a "self-induced tragedy."

Klugman's death was acknowledged later in the show during a montage.

Jane Lynch

'I'd Be Angry Too'

Over Klugman Diss

9/22/2013 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jane Lynch was shockingly candid today when we asked her how she felt about her "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith getting a special tribute while TV icon Jack Klugman is getting the bum's rush.

Jane was locked and loaded when we approached her ... and had clearly thought it through before she left home for Kings Road Cafe.

It seems Jane fully understands why Jack Klugman's son is so pissed.

Emmy Winner Peter MacNicol

Cory Tribute is Great

... For Drug Awareness

9/22/2013 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Emmy winner Peter MacNicol is not buying what Jack Klugman's angry son is selling because Peter thinks the tribute to Cory Monteith could actually save lives.

MacNicol -- who won an Emmy for "Ally McBeal" and also starred in classics like "Ghostbusters II" and "Sophie's Choice" -- tells TMZ tonight's tribute to Cory will create enormous drug awareness and possibly reach thousands of teens on a path of destruction.

Peter doesn't think it matters that Cory died without a single Emmy. He says, "If we are going to get into a merit system based on longevity then we are in trouble."

Tell that to Adam Klugman -- who is furious that his 3-time Emmy winning deceased father is barely getting a mention at tonight's ceremony.

But MacNicol says, "The memoriam is not only to honor those who completed a full marathon."

Cory Monteith's Mom

Klugman's Son is Wrong

My Son Deserves This

9/22/2013 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cory Monteith's mom thinks Jack Klugman's son has it all wrong -- because Cory could have been the next Jack Klugman had he lived.

Ann McGregor thinks Adam Klugman is being unfair, telling TMZ her son is absolutely worthy of getting a special in memoriam honor at tonight's Emmy Awards ... even though Jack isn't getting one.

Ann tells us she believes you cannot judge worthiness by a person's age because her son was on a path of greatness -- not only with his acting and singing abilities ... but with the charitable work he did.

Ann tells us, "If he had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more."

Ann believes Adam Klugman is misdirected ... and thinks its coming from a place of a son who loves and misses his father.

FYI -- Ann isn't going to the Emmys tonight and won't even watch because she says it's too painful.

Emmy B.S.

Honor a Drug Addict

Diss a TV Legend

9/22/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The suits who run the Emmys had to make a hard choice in deciding which dead actor to honor-- a TV icon who has won multiple Emmys, or a young actor with no Emmys who is now as famous for being a drug addict as a TV star.  They chose door number 2.

It's interesting.  We've spoken with several people who have won Emmys who are upset with the decision to give a special honor to Cory Monteith but not Jack Klugman, and they're all too scared to speak out ... for fear of some sort of retaliation.

Jack Klugman -- who has won 3 Emmys and starred in TV classics -- "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy M.E." -- has been overlooked and disrespected for special mention during tonight's ceremony.  Instead ... Cory Monteith gets the honor.  Jack's son thinks it's ridiculous and disrespectful, and he's right.

The Emmys are honoring 5 TV types who died in the last year -- 4 of whom have earned their stripes ... Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton, James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg -- and then there's Cory.

BTW ... Larry Hagman was also overlooked. 


One TV type who has won multiple Emmys but wanted to remain anonymous scoffed and told TMZ, "Awards are like  hemorrhoids.  Eventually every asshole gets one."

Lea Michele

Resurfaces

After Cory's Death

8/4/2013 12:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0804_lea-michelle_splash Lea Michele had her first public outing after the tragic death of BF Cory Monteith ... to celebrate the birth of a friend's baby.

The "Glee" star has been grieving privately since news broke that Monteith had been found dead last month in a Vancouver hotel ... after OD'ing on heroin.

Lea went to the baby shower of her friend Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... dressed all in white.

Circle of life.

Jane Lynch

Cory Monteith 'Glee' Memorial Was 'Beautiful'

7/25/2013 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Glee" cast is finally beginning to heal after Cory Monteith's death -- so says the late actor's co-star Jane Lynch ... who tells TMZ, she found new comfort during today's special memorial organized by Monteith's gf Lea Michele.

Lynch was out in L.A. when we asked about the memorial -- co-organized by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy -- where the cast and crew gathered to say their final goodbyes to the late actor, sharing memories and music. Lynch gave a glowing review.

As we reported, 31-year-old Monteith died from a heroin overdose at a Vancouver hotel on July 13.

So far, it's unclear how "Glee" will handle Monteith's death on the show, but Murphy has said there will be a tribute episode that will address his passing.

'Glee' Star Dianna Agron

Radio Silence

After Cory Monteith Tribute

7/21/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There were no words ... "Glee" star Dianna Agron refused to answer questions about Cory Monteith's death Saturday ... this just moments after leaving a concert dedicated to her fallen co-star.

Our photog spotted Dianna -- who played one of Cory's love interests on the show --  leaving the Roxy in L.A. She had been there with fellow "Glee" kids Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz to watch co-star Chord Overstreet perform.

Before the show started, Chord dedicated the gig to Cory, reportedly shouting out "I love you buddy." He then sang "Billionaire" ... one of the first songs he performed with Cory on "Glee".

'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy

Decides Fate of Cory Monteith's Character

7/20/2013 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy finally broke his silence on Cory Monteith's tragic death ... addressing both the actor's desire to get clean and what will happen to his character on the show.

Murphy spoke to several media outlets Saturday -- one week after Cory OD'd on heroin.

Ryan said, "It’s always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better."

He added, Cory was working hard as well, recently telling him, "I want to get better."

But it wasn't easy ... Ryan recalled the last time he saw Cory (in June in Fire Island). He said he felt something was off, "I honestly couldn’t tell what was going on with him. He didn’t seem quite himself, but when I confronted him he claimed he was clean."

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As for the fate of "Glee" -- whose season was delayed two weeks -- Ryan says Cory's passing will be addressed in episode 3 ... which will be a tribute to the actor and deal with the death of his character, Finn.

TMZ broke the story ... it was previously unknown how Finn would be written out of the show. Producers called a meeting earlier in the week to figure it out.

'Glee'

Production Delayed Over

Cory Monteith Death

7/19/2013 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The new season of "Glee" will premiere 2 weeks behind schedule ... due to the death of its star Cory Monteith, this according to FOX.

The network issued a statement saying the show will premiere on September 26 -- it was originally scheduled to debut on September 13.

Sources tell us ... producers have been meeting to discuss how to phase out Cory's character. We're told producers wanted to give the cast and crew time to grieve Cory's death.

As a result, production has been pushed back to early August.

Monteith passed away last week after OD'ing on heroin and alcohol. He was 31.

Lea Michele

Controlling Cory

In Life and Death

7/18/2013 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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had a very strong guardian angel by his side ... his girlfriend Lea Michele, who essentially controlled Cory in life and even death.

Sources connected with both Cory and Lea tell TMZ ... Lea swooped in when Cory died and immediately took over planning his memorial and other matters connected with his death.  We're told Cory's mom is not involved at all in the planning -- it's all Lea. 

Everyone agrees ... Lea always had Cory's back and tried protecting him as much as she could, especially when it came to his substance abuse.  We're told Cory -- who was sweet but naive -- got banged around in Hollywood by what one relative called "a zoo of piranhas" and when Lea became his girlfriend she fiercely protected him.

As for Cory's drug and alcohol problems ... Lea laid down the law in the United States and did everything she could to keep him from relapsing.  When he did relapse earlier this year, she was the one who took the lead and engineered the plan to get Cory in rehab.

We're told Lea's problem was that when Cory went to Canada ... all bets were off.

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Cory Monteith's Death

'Glee' Will

Go On

7/17/2013 1:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Glee" is going full steam ahead without Cory Monteith -- and TMZ has learned, the show's writers have called an emergency meeting today to figure out how to work him out of the story.

Sources close to production tell us, “Glee is definitely not canceled. If you look at the dollars and cents of the show and that it was very much an ensemble with new kids being added last year when some graduated. It’s clear that the show wasn’t about one character."

Our source says producers are taking their cue from shows like "8 Simple Rules" and  "The West Wing," which have also suffered real-life deaths ... the lesson being: one character doesn't make or break a show.

Our source adds, "The producers and writers are taking time to meet and figure out how to best address this situation in the context of Glee. No decision has been reached about a script yet, as it’s still early."

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