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Published: Sunday July 14, 2013 12:00 PM EDT

2013

GONE TOO SOON

With his camera-ready good looks, smooth vocals and boy-next-door charm, Cory Monteith shot to fame and gained a loyal following as quarterback Finn Hudson on the FOX hit Glee. But four years after the series premiered, Monteith, 31, was found dead on July 13 at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, the result of a mixture of heroin and alcohol. "We are in shock and mourning the tragic loss," his rep said in a statement, while costar Dot-Marie Jones added on Twitter, "My heart is broken." Here, we look back at the actor's rise to fame and tragic death.