Cory Monteith's cause of death currently unclear

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The cause of actor Cory Monteith's death remained unclear Monday, and authorities in Canada said it could take several days before toxicology test results are in.

Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham said there's nothing to indicate the "Glee" star's death was due to illicit drug use.

Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, according to police, who have ruled out foul play.

Police said Monteith had been out with people earlier, but video and electronic records from the hotel indicated he returned to his room by himself early Saturday. He was believed to be alone when he died.


TORONTO – The initial autopsy into the death of Canadian actor Cory Monteith has been completed in Vancouver.

“It was done today, and that included taking samples for toxicology,” B.C. Coroner Services spokeswoman Barb McLintock told The Hollywood Reporter late Monday afternoon.

McLintock said the results of the initial autopsy should be available Tuesday.

If they prove inconclusive, additional tests may be required at the provincial lab to establish the cause of death for Monteith, whose body was discovered Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room.

McLintock added that Monteith’s family will be the first to receive news of the initial autopsy results.

“We don’t want them reading stuff in the newspaper or on websites first,” she insisted.