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TODAY   |  July 16, 2013

Cory Monteith toxicology tests on fast track

A Vancouver coroner performed an autopsy on the actor, who was found dead on Saturday, and while an official cause of death has yet to be determined, results of the fast-tracked test are expected in a few days. Meanwhile, former co-stars are speaking out in praise of the “Glee” star. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>> more about the tragic death and final days of "glee" star cory monteith . an autopsy was performed on monday but the exact cause of the death is still unclear. katie is in vancouver this morning. katie , good morning.

>> the autopsy has been started and they sent out the toxicology samples. they're hoping to fast track the tests so they get the results as early as sometime this week. this as new details are emerging about what they found in his hotel room .

>> reporter: at 31 years old cory monteith looked like he had everything going for him. a lead role in a gang buster tv drama . a beautiful girlfriend and costar, and finally would seem like a handle on his past struggles with substance abuse . but saturday morning something went wrong and monteith was found dead in his vancouver hotel room .

>> a police source tells me that they found when they entered the room some substances. they're not being specific about what those substances are.

>> find something that inspires you.

>> reporter: in 2011 the actor told the canadian broadcast that he kicked his addiction.

>> is it a struggle to stay on that path? to stay clean? to stay on that road.

>> no man, you mean now.

>> yeah.

>> no, i just redouble my efforts on what i'm doing.

>> reporter: this past spring he checked himself into rehab. on an episode of inside the actor's studio last year he was asked about dying and eluded to his rocky journey.

>> if heaven exists what would you like to hear god say.

>> sorry i haven't been around. there's a good explanation.

>> he came to call vancouver his home. monday his cousin laid flowers at the growing memorial outside the hotel. he called monteith his hero.

>> they call acting singing, professional sports a pipe dream . he said no matter how long that tunnel is know there's always a light at the end of the tunnel and so he was that light for me.

>> reporter: meanwhile, more of monteith's "glee" costars have spoken out. she said he is a special part of this world and will forever be missed. as for his girlfriend and costar leah michele, still no public comment. now michelle hasn't spoken out yet but she has been supportive of his past efforts to get clean saying that she loved him and that she was proud of him. savannah.

>>> such a sad story. katie in vancouver for us this morning. thank you. guys we'll send it back to you.