Cory Monteith‘s fans are still waiting for answers as to the cause of his unexpected death on July 13, but his cousin Richard Monteith is asking everyone not to focus on what the autopsy and toxicology reports will prove.
“Please don’t judge on what is gonna be coming out,” Richard Monteith told Global News on Monday. “Glass half full. All the good things that he’s done. There’s more things on that side to focus on.”
The “Glee” star’s autopsy was completed Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the British Columbia Coroner’s Service told NBC News. While initial results may be released on Tuesday depending on the findings, the toxicology report can take six to eight weeks to process, but officials are trying to expedite the tests due to public interest in the matter.
A source told E! News online that the results of toxicology tests could be available in “2 or 3 days,” but Barbara McLintock, of the British Columbia Coroner’s Service, told the New York Daily News, “We will not compromise the investigation of the testing.”
Monteith had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse as a teenager and relapsed this year, returning to rehab in March. The 31-year-old actor was thought to be doing well in his recovery at the time of his death.
In an emotional interview, his cousin told Global News that he didn’t see Cory’s relapse coming.
“As guys, we didn’t really talk too much about problems. But for me, anyways, that’s not the focus. People are gonna focus on this last chapter as a bad thing,” he said. “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.”
According to E! News, the actor had been “partying with his friends” at “at least one club” in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood on Friday night, and sources said “numerous amounts of alcohol” and other as yet unidentified substances were allegedly found in Monteith’s Vancouver hotel room.