Could someone be arrested in connection to Cory Monteith’s death?
Cory Monteith (WireImage)
The case of Cory Monteith's death is closed -- the "Glee" star died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol, it was announced on Tuesday. According to the coroner's report, the 31-year-old Vancouver native died in his Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel room on Saturday after taking heroin and alcohol.
"It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident," the coroner's report stated.
But considering that Monteith's death was caused in part by an illegal drug, is it possible that someone could be arrested in connection to the actor's death?
According to police, probably not. Officials will not be seeking to arrest anyone, because Monteith died alone in his room after taking the toxic mix himself.
"There were no signs of a struggle or a robbery," Vancouver police Constable Brian Montague said, according to CTV. He confirmed that police spoke to the three people (one man and two women) who were out with Monteith before he returned to his Vancouver hotel around 2 a.m. and that "they’ve been very co-operative.”
So, what about the person who provided Monteith with the heroin?
"There’s no law in Canada where we can request charges against someone who’s provided drugs to an individual," said Montague. "There’s an inherent risk when you’re using illicit drugs, and there’s nothing legally in this situation that we can see that would cause us to pursue the investigation further.”
According to Montague, officials suspected Monteith had died from taking drugs even before the coroner's report because of the evidence they found in the actor's room, but the officer did not give any further details.
Monteith had been open about his lengthy struggle with addiction, having first entered treatment at the age of 19 and, most recently, in April. In Parade magazine in 2011, he said, even as a teenager, he "had a serious problem" and was "lucky to be alive."
CTV reports fans of the actor will be holding candlelight vigils this Friday in Vancouver outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and in Toronto at Maple Leaf Square.
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