Nearly three months after the tragic passing of Glee’s Cory Monteith, the final cause of death report has been released by the BC Coroner’s Service, the Vancouver Observer reveals. Of course, none of this information does anything to lessen the sadness of Cory’s death, but the details do provide a clearer snapshot of his final hours — and yet there are still so many questions.
While an earlier, abridged report from July 16 confirmed that Cory died due to a mix of heroin and alcohol in his system, police and medical examiners had not disclosed at that point whether they found evidence of the use of either substance at the scene. They have now confirmed, however, that when responders arrived to Cory’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel room in Vancouver, BC, they discovered a “spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle” as well as empty champagne bottles and glasses.
From these details, we learn at least two things: The first is that Cory took the drugs intravenously, and the second is that he may not have been drinking alone. The report indicates “multiple glasses located on a nearby table” next to two spent champagne bottles. Cory’s blood alcohol level was 0.13%, “consistent with a moderate level of intoxication.”
However, while Cory may not have been drinking by himself earlier that night, there is no evidence that anyone was with him at the time of his death. The BC Coroners service corroborated earlier reports that Cory left with friends earlier in the evening and was alone when he returned to his room at 2:16 a.m. on July 13.
Finally, the report confirms that a period of sobriety may reduce a drug user’s tolerance and therefore increase risk of overdose. It sounds likely, given that statement, that Cory’s relapse may have been sudden, rather than ongoing.