Cory Monteith, the Canadian-born star of the hit TV show Glee, has been found dead in Vancouver's posh Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Vancouver police confirmed Monteith was discovered by staff in his 21st-floor hotel room when he failed to check out on schedule Saturday, July 13.
Acting Chief Doug LePard told a late-night news conference that police were summoned and paramedics advised that the star, 31, was deceased. Monteith, who was born in Calgary and raised in Victoria, appeared to have been dead for several hours, LePard told reporters.
LePard passed on condolences to Monteith's family, friends, castmates and "millions of fans."
"As was the case in countless homes, I watched Glee regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death," said LePard.
Police decided on the unusual late-night announcement, an hour after notifying his family, to try and quell any speculation about his death, he said.
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