By Jeannie Colter
Family, friends and fans of and of his work, especially those who loved him on the television show “Glee,” are mourning the death of performer Corey Monteith. Monteith was found dead in a hotel room last weekend. The Washington Post noted that the Canadian actor drove 20 hours from Vancouver in order to reach Los Angeles and audition for the role that would elevate his career and endear him to “Glee” fans around the world.
Monteith, who did not have formal training, was not only known for playing a football player-turned-glee-club-coach; he was also known as someone who had overcome some very tough times in order to become a star. According to The Washington Post:
“The actor had been candid about his drug abuse, which he said began in his early teenage years, and his troubled past. He entered a treatment facility for alcohol addiction at 19, and most recently completed voluntary treatment for unspecified substance addiction at a rehab facility in April.”
It was important to Monteith that teens know that his path was not one he thought they should necessarily emulate. He told People magazine that he didn’t want his fans to think that dropping out of school and abusing drugs was fine because it might lead to onscreen success. He discussed being very grateful and understood that his life could have turned out very differently.
At this time, the cause of death has not been identified. Of course there is a lot of speculation since Monteith entered drug rehab treatment in the past and authorities do not suspect foul play.
While one can see why Monteith would not want young people who watch him on television to go through the struggles he did, he can be applauded for his honesty. He spoke openly about battling addiction and did not try to cover up the fact that he sought drug rehab treatment. For some, knowing that someone they enjoyed watching and admirde admit that he needed help in facing addiction may have been life-altering.