Nightly News | July 14, 2013
>>> tonight, hollywood is mourning the loss of a bright, young star. cory monteith who rose to fame on "glee," the 31-year-old actor was found dead late yesterday. cause of death has been determined. monteith had spoken openly about a long struggle with addiction. nbc's mike taibbi has our report. living in a lonely world
>> reporter: cory monteith was a likeable star of a show so likeable that "glee" debuted in 2009 . when he didn't check out of his van cure hotel room sunday, paramedics confirmed the death of the actor. police found no evidence of foul play.
>> fab keys show him returning to his room by himself in the early morning hours and we believe he was alone when he died.
>> reporter: monteith played finn on "glee," the quarterback turned singers. including real life girlfriend lea michele to unlikely star status. high school dropout himself, monteith wandered through menial jobs and struggled with substance abuse before winning the audition with "glee," with a drum solo using tupperware and pencils that he recreated on "el listen." there's speculation about whether the actor had kicked his addiction demons. he finished a second rehab stint in april but today fans searched to twitter to express their grief. zooey deschanel , and neil patrick harris "what a shame, he was a lovely, kind talented guy" and rihanna "may you fly with the angels, heartbreaking." cory monteith , dead at 31. mike taibbi , nbc news los angeles .