Cory was 'really happy' in last interview

2013-07-17 21:06
Los Angeles - Cory Monteith said he was "really happy" in the last interview before his death.

The Glee star expressed his excitement about returning for the show's fifth season ahead of his untimely passing aged 31 in his hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday.

Posing alongside long-term girlfriend Lea Michele at the Chrysalis Ball on 8 June, the interview marked Cory's first red carpet appearance following a stint in rehab for substance abuse.

He told E! News: "I'm just happy to be on the show, I'm really, really happy to be coming back. It's really good."

When asked about plans for a summer holiday with his girlfriend he replied: "I'm not sure yet, we're playing it by ear."

'I think he looks great, doesn't he?'

The star was speaking at a charity event to help aid homeless and low-income individuals gain employment.

He said: "It's not just a handout. It's empowerment. It's taking people who just need a help up. Not a handout. A help up. It's helping people do what they already can do."

Lea looked at Cory and gushed over her on and off-screen boyfriend.

She said: "I think he looks great, doesn't he? He's the best."

The interview follows reports the actor led a double life, with sources saying the Glee cast in Los Angeles spent a lot of time keeping Cory sober but when he returned to his hometown of Vancouver in Canada "alcohol and drugs were always involved" and his drive to stay clean withered.

Canadian coroners revealed on Tuesday that Cory died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.