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“Glee” star Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday – leaving Hollywood stars and TV fans reeling. He was 31.

And while we are still awaiting results of the toxicology screen from the autopsy, it is still believed that drugs and/or alcohol is most likely what ended the actor’s life so early.

Monteith, who played football star Finn Hudson on the popular Fox show, had been open about his struggle with drugs and alcohol. In March, he voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation facility for substance addiction; he first went to rehab after his family staged an intervention when he was 19.

“I was out of control,” Monteith said in a 2011 interview with Parade magazine. “[I used] anything and everything, as much as possible. I had a serious problem.”

That first trip through rehab, however didn’t do the trick, and he admits that, “I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing.”

It was later when he faced serious criminal charges that he decided to turn things around.

“I stole a significant amount of money from a family member,” he revealed. “I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.”

Told if he didn’t get clean, the relative would press charges, Monteith moved away to live with a family friend. He stopped using drugs, he started a job as a roofer, and he became interested in acting, which ultimately led him to stardom playing Finn Hudson on Fox’s “Glee.”

Following his most recent stay in rehab, Monteith was “doing great” after “renewing his vows to sobriety,” his co-star Jane Lynch told Larry King before his death.

The results of the autopsy should be released later this week.

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