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Cory Monteith and Glee co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele attend the SAG Awards on Jan. 27, 2013. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Cory Monteith died from using intravenous heroin combined with alcohol

10/02/2013 by the Associated Press

The British Columbia Coroners Service says investigators found a spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle in the hotel room where "Glee" actor Cory Monteith was found dead in July.

The coroner's final report issued Wednesday, confirmed initial findings that Monteith died from using intravenous heroin combined with alcohol.

The 31-year-old Canadian-born actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room July 13.

Monteith had checked into the hotel on July 6 and when he didn't check out as expected on July 13, hotel staff entered his room and found him unresponsive on the floor. Two empty bottles of champagne were also found in the room.

The investigation says Monteith had a history of illicit drug use with intermittent periods of rehabilitation and of abstinence from drugs.

Watch a video statement from a British Columbia Coroner's Service official discussing their final report on the investigation into Cory Monteith's death below.

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