The acting world has been shaken by another untimely death of one of its own.
Cory Monteith, a star on the popular high school musical TV show 'Glee,' was found dead Saturday night in a Vancouver hotel room.
The Vancouver Police Depeartment released a statement saying they do not suspect foul play in the actor's death, but did not go into further detail regarding the situation. Reportedly, concern was raised when Monteith missed his checkout time, and hotel staff found his body around noon local time on Saturday.
Monteith, 31, had been very open about his long-term struggles with addiction and had voluntarily checked himself into rehab this spring.
Monteith's co-stars, friends, and fans have reacted with disbelief and abject sorrow. Several have released statements, and others took to social media to remember a man they described as "amazing," "kindhearted," and "a brother."
Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste on "Glee"):
I HAVE NO WORDS! MY HEART IS BROKEN CORY WAS NOT ONLY A HELL OF A FRIEND HE WAS ONE AMAZING MEN THAT I WILL HOLD CLOSE TO MY HEART FOREVER
— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) July 14, 2013
Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins in "Glee"):
OMG!! My Cory...
— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 14, 2013
Adam Shankman (occasional director, choreographer on "Glee"):
Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u so much...
— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) July 14, 2013
Adam Anders (music producer on "Glee"):
Words can't express my grief. I lost a brother today. God please take care of my friend @CoryMonteith
— Adam Anders (@AdamAnders) July 14, 2013
Given the abundance of celebrity death "hoaxes" that plague social media, at first some people waved off news of Monteith's death as a cruel joke. Melissa Katies, Monteith's publicist, released this statement to HLN yesterday:
"We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss."
20th Century Fox also released a statement on Monteith's passing:
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person."
Lea Michele, Monteith's co-star on "Glee" and his real-life girlfriend, has not yet released a statement.