Cory Monteith’s addiction-related death will be addressed in the “Glee” episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executive said Thursday.
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters the drama will address Cory Monteith’s death in the third episode, during which Fox will air public service announcements about substance abuse. Additionally, proceeds from the third episode of Glee’s upcoming fifth season will be donated to a new fund for the late actor. The first two episodes, airing Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, will not mention Finn, who was absent for the final two episodes of last season while the actor was in rehab.
Drugs, however, will not be the cause of death for Finn (Monteith). Reilly could not say how show creator Ryan Murphy will deal with the character’s passing since the script has yet to be completed.
The 31-year-old Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Canada last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol
Reilly said that while Monteith was open about his past — the actor had spoken publicly of his addiction struggles — he wasn’t ‘‘as open about it in the present.’’
As with other cases where heroin and alcohol were involved, Cory’s death was likely an overdose of either alcohol, heroin or both, resulting in coma, brain damage and eventually death. Even if he had not taken a lethal amount of heroin, it proved to be deadly when he combined it with alcohol.
The vast majority of drug overdose cases involve the use of more than one drug.
Drugs that depress that central nervous system slow the heartbeat, or in large enough doses, can stop it from beating entirely. Without oxygen-rich blood pumping to the body, brain cells become depleted and can die within minutes.
Heroin, a highly addictive opiate drug, is considered a depressant because of its effects sedating the central nervous system. Alcohol also functions as a depressant.
Combining these two depressants forms a deadly drug combination.