TODAY   |  July 17, 2013

Coroner: Cory Monteith died of drug overdose

The coroner’s office in Vancouver investigating the death of “Glee” actor Cory Monteith released the results of the toxicology report yesterday, confirming that the actor died of a drug overdose. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>> this half hour with new details on the tragic death of "glee" star cory monteith . katie is covering the story in vancouver for us. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning savannah. the coroner made good on their promise to fast track the results of the toxicology confirming what so many were dreading. that cory monteith died of a legal mix of drugs and alcohol. 31 years old, the star of the mega hit tv show "glee" and dead from what canadian authorities are causing a drug overdose .

>> cause of death was a mixed drug toxicity that involved heroin and alcohol.

>> sadly his addictions got the best of his saturday when he was found dead in a vancouver hotel room .

>> we do know from our reporting is that corey had been spending in the days leading up to his death a lot of time in the downtown east side of vancouver which is known as a drug haven.

>> reporter: in fact, the downtown east side is the only place in north america where the governor allows researchers to give addicts heroin for free. he came to call vancouver home. in interviews the 31-year-old said he started using at 13, went to rehab at 19 and kicked his habit but this past spring he checked back into rehab.

>> corey was able to keep private and secret this very personal struggle.

>> monteith had just finished what will now be his last role. a drug addict in the movie mechanic. outside the hotel fans added cards and flowers to the growing memorial. fox hasn't announced how "glee" will handle the stars death but they may delay the start of the season. leah michele, his on scene and off screen girlfriend is said to be devastated. they had been dating more than a year and were seen together in public often. her reps said lea is deeply grateful for the love and support and that she was grieving along side monteith's family. now his family and michelle are currently arranging the funeral arrangements. police say that monteith was with three friends the night he died. they add they have no legal recourse . there's no law that requires them to go after the person that supplies the drugs. matt and savannah.

>> all right. katie, thank you.