‘I’m totally devastated’: Cory Monteith‘s father Joe reveals he was not invited to his son’s cremation ceremony
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:17 July 2013
Cory Monteith’s father Joe has spoken out about his son’s death, claiming he was not invited to Cory’s cremation ceremony Tuesday.
‘I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very very much,’ Monteith told TMZ, referring to Cory’s older brother Shaun. ‘I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.’
The military man said he was informed about the ceremony only after the fact, and was ‘totally devastated’ that he didn’t have the chance to see his son’s body.
Following the autopsy Tuesday, Cory’s body was released to his mother Ann McGregor, who chose to hold a viewing with Lea and his brother Shaun.
After the viewing, Ann decided to have Cory cremated, reports TMZ.
Joe divorced Cory’s mother when the star was seven years old.
Ann brought up her sons in Victoria, British Columbia, and Cory saw little of his father after the divorce due to Joe’s military service.
Joe also spoke to Hello! Canada, calling his son, ‘very smart’ and ‘very lovable.
‘He was a joy to be with,’ he added.
The Glee actor, who was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room just after noon on Saturday, died from a ‘mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol,’ authorities revealed on Tuesday.
The British Columbia Coroners Service revealed the autopsy results on Tuesday, adding that the investigation into his death is continuing, and that no further details were available at this time.
It was noted that at this stage there is still no evidence to suggest that Mr. Monteith’s death was ‘anything other than a most-tragic accident’.
Lethal combination: The Glee actor, who was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room just after noon on Saturday, died from a ‘mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol,’ according to authorities.
Police Constable Brian Montague said, ‘There was evidence in the room that was consistent of a drug overdose,’ said Constable Brian Montague, adding that he wouldn’t ‘go into specifics’.
The cause of death has come as a shock to some after it was initially reported that police did not believe drugs to have been involved, but Montague explained they need to err on the side of caution.
‘It was the opinion of the investigators that it was a drug overdose, but we didn’t want to speculate,’ he said. ‘The last thing we would want to do is speculate a drug overdose and then have that not be the case.’
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‘Profound loss’: Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michele released a statement through her rep on Monday, claiming she is ‘grieving alongside’ his family
Cory’s girlfriend Lea Michele released a statement through her rep on Monday afternoon, claiming she is ‘grieving alongside’ Monteith’s family.
‘Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them,’ the 26-year-old Glee actress’ rep told People.
‘They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family,’ the rep added.
Police expedited Cory’s autopsy and toxicology report Monday due to the widespread publicity of his sudden death.
A medical team from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority performed the postmortem exam.
‘Mr. Monteith was alone [in his hotel room] when he died,’ a Vancouver Police Department spokesperson said. ‘He took the heroin when he was alone by himself.’
It is still unclear what happened to Cory in the hours leading up to his death.
He and his manager dined on Thursday night with Maureen Webb, the co-founder of Project Limelight Society, who said the actor ‘looked so good, so healthy’.
According to authorities, Cory and three unidentified people left his hotel room on Friday night and that the actor returned alone at around 2:15 a.m. Hotel staff found his body shortly after noon when Cory didn’t check out.
The three individuals were questioned and the Police Department representative said, ‘They were all cooperative,’ adding that no arrests were made.
Meanwhile, FOX officials said it is too soon to say how Cory’s death will be handled on Glee.
According to FOX news, producers are scheduling meetings to discuss how to move forward without his character, Finn Hudson.
Industry experts predict Cory’s death will have a serious effect on the hit show, which was scheduled to start shooting next month.
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