Cory Monteith Death: “He Was Super Committed to Getting Sober,” Says Source
Forget fame and fortune, according to a source, all Cory Monteith really wanted in life was to be free of addiction.
"He was super committed to getting sober," a source tells me. "He would say this was his last chance." For Cory, who played Finn Hudson on the hit Fox dramedy Glee, that last chance came in late March, when the actor entered rehab for a 30-day stint.
"Cory Monteith has voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction," his rep said at the time. "He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."
A source says Cory spent time at both Betty Ford in California and at the Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol addiction rehab on Antigua that was cofounded by musician Eric Clapton. "There was an intervention to get him into Betty Ford," the source said.
Cory was first spotted after rehab at LAX leaving for a Mexican vacation with on-again, off-again girlfriend Lea Michele, looking happy and healthy. "I'm very excited," his Glee costar Kevin McHale said the next day. "I saw the pictures. He looks great. It was the right thing to do."
The source goes on to say that after rehab, Cory was dedicated to attending 12-step meetings. "He was worried about the press around it," the source said. "But he knew he had to do this because his life was depending on it."
The first red carpet appearance for Cory, after rehab, was on June 8 at the 12th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles. Decked out in a grey Calvin Klein suit, white shirt with small polka dots, and a matching tie, Lea gushed, "I think he looks great, doesn't he? He's the best."
Cory was always very open about his troubled past with addiction, revealing back in 2011 that he has entered rehab when he was just 19. "I don't want kids to think it's OK to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too," he told Parade. "But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it."