Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith's Bitter Struggle with Fame

20 Jul 2013

Cory Monteith found fame hard, and his friends knew he struggled to cope after the success of Glee

Cory Monteith struggled with fame.

The 31-year-old actor - who shot to fame on Glee and was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room after taking a deadly mix of illegal drugs and drink last weekend - found it hard to cope with his success, friends of the tragic star have revealed.

A source told a US magazine: "Fame was hard for him. It was something he knew he deserved but something he never quite knew how to handle.

"He was a very gracious guy but his lifestyle was destructive."

While Cory - who first entered rehab at the age of 19 - spent time in a treatment facility in March after relapsing, those close to him insist he never let his addictions affect his work on Glee.

The insider explained: "I never saw him come to work late, lose his temper, not know his lines or argue with his cast mates.

"The cast members make a one hour musical every nine days. You'd have to be superhuman to use drugs with any regularity and get the work done."