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"Glee" actor Monteith died of heroin, alcohol mix

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JEREMY HAINSWORTH | October 2, 2013 05:45 PM EST | AP


VANCOUVER, British Columbia — VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — 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.