Cory Monteith entertained millions as the singing football player "Finn Hudson" in "Glee." Sadly, his voice was silenced on Saturday when the 31-year-old actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.
As Canadian authorities investigate what killed him, his on and off-again girlfriend and "Glee" costar, Lea Michelle, is grieving privately. In a statement her rep asked "that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time."
Unlike his clean-cut character "Finn Hudson," Monteith had a troubled youth. He described himself as an "out of control" drug and alcohol-abusing teen.
Despite all the success from "Glee," Montieth continued to battle substance abuse, even checking into rehab earlier this year. His friend, "Glee" director Adam Shankman, spoke to Monteith hours before he was found dead.
"I had several interactions with him yesterday where he said he was feeling amazing and even said I'm feeling fantastic again," says Shankman.
Monteith's autopsy is being conducted today. Check out CNN.com for developments.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, told CNN Anchor Kate Bolduan that the family is processing the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, and will be talking about further legal action soon. Crump added that because he thinks racial profiling took place, the Justice Department should investigate.
When Bolduan asks if Trayvon Martin’s parents will pursue a civil lawsuit, Crump responds, “We’ll be talking about all of that in the days to come. Right now they are trying to make sense of this criminal verdict. As Sabrina Fulton said, we have to roll up our sleeves because even though we’ve come a long way, we’ve got a long way to go to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anybody else’s child, especially after this verdict.”
George Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara spoke to CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo about the public’s reaction to the not-guilty verdict, if Zimmerman regrets killing Trayvon Martin, Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and racial profiling.
“… George had an absolute right to be where he was and he had a right to see where Trayvon Martin was,” O’Mara says. “People want to say it was improper profiling, but the reality is I think George had a reason to be concerned. It was Trayvon Martin who was the aggressor, at least by the forensic evidence, because Trayvon Martin did not receive any injuries, but the gunshot 45 seconds after George Zimmerman was screaming for help. So I understand people's frustrations, but it would seem to be that Trayvon Martin overreacted to what he perceived to be something going on, and he overreacted in a violent way.”
Later in the interview, O’Mara defends self-defense claim.