The B.C. Coroners Service says an autopsy for actor Cory Monteith will be conducted Monday.
Mr. Monteith, the Victoria-raised actor whose portrayal of quarterback-turned-crooner Finn Hudson on the hit television show Glee made him one of Canada’s rising on-screen stars, was found dead in an upscale Vancouver hotel Saturday.
Toxicology samples will be taken during the autopsy, the coroner said. Results are not expected for several days, at the earliest.
“As previously announced, there was no obvious cause of death noted upon initial examination at the scene. An autopsy and toxicology testing are necessary for the determination of the cause and classification of death of Mr. Monteith,” a spokeswoman wrote in a statement.
A cause of death has not been determined, but police have said it does not appear there was foul play. Mr. Monteith’s substance-abuse problems were well documented. He had previously spoken of his drug and alcohol use as a teenager and sought help for substance addiction earlier this year.
Police and the coroner are still piecing together the events leading up to the 31-year-old’s death on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Police have told the Globe that Mr. Monteith was in his hotel room with three friends Friday night. The four then headed to a downtown establishment and Mr. Monteith returned to his hotel room alone around 2:15 a.m., police said.
His body was discovered around noon Saturday, after he missed his check-out time.
His death was announced by police and the B.C. Coroners Service at a news conference Saturday night.
Mr. Monteith had checked into the hotel on July 6. Police and the coroner have declined comment on what was discovered in his hotel room, or where his body was found.
Vancouver police held a Q&A on Monday on Mr. Monteith’s death. However, the department did not release any new information.