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Cory Monteith Autopsy Completed: Cousin Begs Fans Not To Focus On 'What Is Gonna Be Coming Out'


Jul. 15 2013, Published 7:29 p.m. ET

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The initial autopsy for Glee star Cory Monteith was completed Monday and initial results should be available Tuesday.  Toxicology results will be available much faster than expected because the investigation was fast-tracked, B.C. Coroner Services spokeswoman Barb McClintock said.

But now, as the world awaits the results, Cory's cousin Richard Monteith has spoken out  to beg the world to remember him for his successes and not what the toxicology report might reveal about Cory's struggles with addiction and a potential relapse.

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"Please don't judge on what is gonna be coming out," Richard Monteith told Global BC TV in Canada Monday. "Glass half full. All the good things that he's done. There's more things on that side to focus on."

Regarding speculation that Cory had a fatal relapse just weeks after leaving rehab, Richard insisted, "I didn't see it coming."

"As guys, we didn't really talk too much about problems," he said. "But for me, anyways, that's not the focus. People are gonna focus on this last chapter as a bad thing. Don't use the last chapter do judge someone's life … Because his life is full of beautiful stories and failures and successes. It doesn't matter about his problems. It matters about the lives he changed. It matters that he was genuine."

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Cory was "beautifully genuine," Richard said."…He would do anything for anyone. Give you the shirt off his back."

And fame didn't change him. After Glee, Richard said, "He was the same person but more joy-filled and more loving. … It was able to amplify who he is through the world. That's why I'm not the only one who's mourning and his family's not the only ones who's mourning."

"It's like my hero died," he said. "…He's my hero because … he made me believe. He just told me no matter how long your tunnel is … just know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. He was that light for me."

Richard has gathered with the rest of Cory's family in Vancouver, as has reported. The B.C. Coroner Services rep said that they will be the first to receive news of the results. “We don’t want them reading stuff in the newspaper or on websites first,” she said.



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