Cory and his father, Joe Monteith, may have been estranged for most of Cory’s life, but that hasn’t dulled the pain caused by his shocking death. Less than a week after the ‘Glee’ star overdosed on heroin and alcohol, his devastated father revealed in a heartbreaking interview that no one really understood how serious Cory’s drug problems were until it was too late.
As Cory Monteith‘s friends, family and castmates struggle to come to terms with his untimely death, his father, Joe Monteith, is speaking out in a new interview with ET Canada.
Cory Monteith’s Dad Opens Up About His Son’s Tragic Death In New Interview
In the telling new interview, Joe describes the moment he found out Cory had died, according to Us Weekly.
“When they did break the news to my wife, she almost fell over. In fact, I had to grab her,” said Joe, who divorced Cory’s mother, Ann McGregor, when Cory was 7. “And I had to ask them again, ‘What was that you said?’ It really didn’t sink in. It still really hasn’t.”
Cory’s body was cremated in Vancouver on July 16, following a private viewing at a local hospital with his mother, older brother Shaun Monteith, and girlfriend Lea Michele, 26. We told you Cory’s death ignited a family feud after Ann didn’t invite Joe to the viewing. Joe, who was estranged from Cory for most of his life, was “devastated” that he never got a chance to say goodbye to the son he barely knew.
“I guess he was involved a little more in drugs than anybody knew at the time,” Joe said. “His mother, who was there with him all the time, she started picking up on it — you know, stuff was missing, money here, stuff like that.”
Cory Monteith Reunited With His Father Before His Untimely Death
Joe and Cory were estranged, but the two reunited in 2009 for the first time in 17 years, before Cory, 31, died from a fatal combination of heroin and alcohol on July 13.
In an interview in 2011, Cory said of his father: “We’d spoken maybe three or four times [during that period] and he reached out to me on Facebook. I couldn’t shut the door, so I got on a plane. He greeted me at the airport, and [Joe and stepmother Yvette] were so happy, they were almost crying. It was a good time.”
“I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very, very much,” Joe told TMZ. “I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.”
This is all truly heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joe and everyone affected by Cory’s death during this sad time.
— Tierney McAfee