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CBC Remembers Cory Monteith

The world is mourning the loss of a rising young Canadian star.

Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday afternoon, shocking fans and friends around the globe. Police say there is no indication of foul play.

The 31-year-old was born in Calgary and grew up in Victoria, B.C. He shot to fame for his role as football hero-turned-singer Finn Hudson on the hit TV musical Glee. The actor had a history of substance abuse, and his death comes several months after he told People magazine that he had checked himself into rehab. 

Monteith talked openly about suffering from drug addiction since he was a teenager. In a 2011 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, the star was candid about his troubled past and revealed why he decided to come clean with his story. 

"If I can, through my experience, shed light on the way out of a difficult situation that I know many kids are experiencing, just like I did when I was a teenager, that's huge" he said.

Watch a clip from the interview here:


According to Catherine Stockhausen, a producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Monteith was a class act.


Back in 2009, Monteith stopped by Studio Q for an interview with Jian Ghomeshi. They talked about his new-found fame on Glee and his surprise at becoming the "long shot" choice to play the role of Finn Hudson.  

Watch the complete interview: 


Today, Q dedicated the second half hour of the show to remembering Monteith. You can listen to the podcast or tune in at 10 pm ET on CBC Radio One.

Ghomeshi reacted on Twitter yesterday to the star's untimely death:


When Monteith wasn't performing catchy song-and-dance numbers on Glee, he played drums for the band Bonnie Dune. Read CBC Music's blog post about Cory Monteith, the drummer

And keep checking CBC News for the latest coverage on this story. Read this report about Monteith's life and death or this article on how the Glee star is being remembered by fans and friends. 

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