By ELEANOR GOWER
Lea Michele has asked for 'privacy at this devastating time' following the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith.
The actress released a statement on Sunday after her 31-year-old Glee co-star was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday.
'We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time,' a representative for Lea told People.
Cory Monteith was found dead
Cory had been in his luxury hotel room with friends on Saturday evening before heading out for the night. His 26-year-old girlfriend is not believed to have been with him.
'She [Lea Michele] is absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable,” a source told HollywoodLife.com. 'She is devastated beyond belief.'
A friend of the star was spotted leaving Lea's Los Angeles home on Sunday morning to meet another friend with what appeared to be an overnight bag.
No cause of death has been confirmed at this point but there was said to be no implications of foul play. Medical examiners will conduct an autopsy on Monday.
Cory - who completed a stint of rehab in April for substance addiction - was last pictured with Lea just last month.
Lea and Cory are believed to have dated for around two years, with the actress and singer discussing her feelings for her co-star in an interview in Marie Claire magazine earlier this year.
'I don't even remember a time when he wasn't my boyfriend. No one knows me better than Cory,' Lea told the January issue of the magazine.
'No one knows what it's been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything.
'For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy,' she said. 'I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.'
Lea Michele, pictured on July 1, has released a statement requesting privacy after Cory Monteith's death
Cory is said to have spent his last hours enjoying an evening out with friends before he tragically passed away of unknown causes while alone in a hotel room.
The 31-year-old - who completed a stint in rehab in April for substance addiction and appeared to be 'happy and healthy' in recent months - was out in Vancouver before returning alone to his Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in the city.
He wrote on his Twitter account last week that he was listening to the upbeat song 'Paris' by Friendly Fires 'basically on repeat.'
Recent pictures of the star showed him looking happy and healthy in the company of Lea, when they jetted into LAX in California back in June.
Cory last tweeted on Friday, joking around about the new sci-fi film Sharknado. He wrote: 'What the c**p is Sharknado... Oh. IT'S A SHARK TORNADO.'
Authorities refused to say if there was any connection between Cory's voluntary stint in rehab and his untimely death, the Toronto Star reported.
They also declined to comment on the contents of the room.
It is believed that the actor had been dead for several hours in his room before his body was found.
He had been due to check out of the luxury hotel on Saturday but when he failed to do so, cleaning staff went to his room where they found his body.
Paramedics were called who declared him dead at the scene shortly after noon. Police said there were no signs of foul play and said that he had died alone.
Video footage has revealed the actor returning to his room by himself after an evening out with friends on Friday.
Cory had checked into the hotel room on July 6.
The 31-year -old actor, who played the character Finn Hudson in the popular Fox show, had spoken publicly about his battle with addiction.
He had previously received treatment aged 19 and commented that he took 'anything and everything', according to the Vancouver Sun.
His family, who live in Calgary, were notified shortly before police held a press conference over the tragic news.
News of his death prompted a slew of heartfelt tributes from his Glee co-stars and TV, film and music stars on Twitter.