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The L.A. County Coroner’s Office finished Lisa Robin Kelly’s autopsy on Saturday, but the toxicology results will take another two weeks to complete, TMZ reported.

Lisa Robin Kelly died in her sleep aged 43 on Wednesday night while staying at a treatment centre for alcohol abuse – a few days previously she was admitted to hospital with a blood/alcohol reading of .34 (almost fatal).

The toxicology tests will help determine her exact cause of death.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office finished Lisa Robin Kelly’s autopsy, but the toxicology results will take another two weeks to complete

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office finished Lisa Robin Kelly’s autopsy, but the toxicology results will take another two weeks to complete

That 70’s Show star was not taking any withdrawal drugs at the time she died, according to the rehab facility where she was staying.

According to TMZ, L.A County Coroners went to Pax Rehab House in Altadena, California on Thursday afternoon where they were told Lisa Robin Kelly wasn’t given any drugs.

Lisa Robin Kelly’s death seems mysterious as there were “no drugs or alcohol in her room, no vomit in her airway and no obvious sign of trauma”.

Her spokesman confirmed her death to TMZ on Thursday saying: “She had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle.”

Lisa Robin Kelly’s manager, Craig Wyckoff, told FOX411 he had spoken with the troubled star on Monday and she was “hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her”.

Craig Wyckoff also confirmed that she had voluntarily checked herself into the centre after being in and out of treatment facilities for alcohol addiction – she vehemently denied taking drugs – trying to get on the road to recovery.

Lisa Robin Kelly is reported to have fallen off the wagon following a huge dispute with her estranged husband, Robert Gilliam.

“She was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” Craig Wyckoff said.

He added: Cause of death has not been issued yet and no death certificate has been issued either.”


Cory Monteith’s estranged father Joe believes the Glee star may have been keeping his drug use a secret, even in the days leading up to his death.

In an interview with ET Canada Joe Monteith said he still grapples with the fact that his son is gone.

“I guess he was involved a little more in drugs than anybody knew at the time,” the military man said.

“His mother who was there with him all the time, she started picking up on it,” Joe Monteith recounted, saying that she first noticed his habits when money and things around the house had gone missing.

Joe Monteith admits that he wasn’t a big presence in his son’s life, having divorced his mother Ann McGregor when the actor was 7.

Cory Monteith and his father worked on rekindling their relationship, establishing contact after Glee threw him into fame in 2009.

“When they did break the news to my wife, she almost fell over, in fact, I had to grab her,” he said.

“I had to ask them again, <<What was that you said?>>. It didn’t really sink in. It still really hasn’t.

“I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very very much.”

Cory Monteith’s mother Ann McGregor first noticed his habits when money and things around the house had gone missing

Cory Monteith’s mother Ann McGregor first noticed his habits when money and things around the house had gone missing

Cory Monteith, who was found dead in his hotel room on Saturday at the age of 31, was allegedly a hard-worker when in Los Angeles, and a substance-abuser whenever he would return to his native Canada, according to TMZ.

He checked into rehab in March and managed to stay clean while on the Glee set, but his resolve to stay sober weakened whenever he visited Vancouver, a source told the website.

According to sources, Cory Monteith’s girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele, along with the rest of the hit television show’s cast, were aware of his addiction problems and worked hard to keep him clean and sober.

Cory Monteith allegedly never showed up for work under the influence of drugs or alcohol and abstained from these substances “most of the time”.

But his life in Canada painted a different picture, as he often returned to his hometown of Vancouver often, and surrounded himself with friends who fueled his addiction.

Cory Monteith grew up with his mother and brother Shawn in Victoria, British Columbia, and he saw little of his father after the divorce due to Joe’s military service.

In 2009, Cory Monteith reunited with his father for the first time in 17 years.

In an interview with Parade two years ago, Cory Monteith said: “We’d spoken maybe three or four times [during that period] and he reached out to me on Facebook. I couldn’t shut the door, so I got on a plane.

“He greeted me at the airport, and [he and stepmother Yvette] were so happy they were almost crying. It was a good time.”

The British Columbia Coroners Service revealed the autopsy results on Tuesday, adding that the investigation into his death is continuing, and that no further details were available at this time.

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Glee star Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab for drug addiction.

Cory Monteith’s representative confirmed that the star, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past, has entered a treatment facility.

The actor “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction”, his spokesperson told People magazine.

Glee star Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab for drug addiction

Glee star Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab for drug addiction

“He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”

Cory Monteith’s girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele told People magazine: “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”

The 30-year-old actor has been open about his addiction problems in the past, and revealed back in 2011 that he entered rehab aged 19.

Cory Monteith hoped that talking about his own issues would help others to avoid making the same mistakes he did.

“I don’t want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he said.

“But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”

Cory Monteith’s most recent tweet was posted on Thursday, when he wrote: “Such a beautiful day! truly seeing the forest for the trees. #gratitude.”

Scientists at the University of Cambridge suggest that abnormalities in the brain may make some people more likely to become drug addicts.

The researchers found the same differences in the brains of addicts and their non-addicted brothers and sisters.

The study, published in the journal Science, suggested addiction is in part a “disorder of the brain”.

Other experts said the non-addicted siblings offered hope of new ways of teaching addicts “self-control”.

It has long been established that the brains of drug addicts have some differences to other people, but explaining that finding has been more difficult.

Scientists were unsure whether drugs changed the wiring of the brain or if drug addicts’ brains were wired differently in the first place.

This study, funded by the Medical Research Council, attempted to answer that by comparing the brains of 50 cocaine or crack addicts with the brain of their brother or sister, who had always been clean.

Both the addicts and the non-addict siblings had the same abnormalities in the region of the brain which controls behavior, the fronto-striatal systems.

The suggestion is that these brains may be “hard-wired” for addiction in the first place.

Lead researcher Dr. Karen Ersche said: “It has long been known that not everyone who takes drugs becomes addicted.

“It shows that drug addiction is not a choice of lifestyle, it is a disorder of the brain and we need to recognize this.”

However, the non-addicted siblings had a very different life despite sharing the same susceptibility.

“These brothers and sisters who don’t have addiction problems, what they can tell us is how they overcome these problems, how they manage self-control in their daily life,” Dr. Karen Ersche said.

Dr. Paul Keedwell, a consultant psychiatrist at Cardiff University, said: “Addiction, like most psychiatric disorders, is the product of nature and nurture.

“We need to follow up people over time to quantify the relative risk of nature versus nurture.”

It is possible that the similarities in the sibling’s brains may not be down to genetics, but rather growing up in the same household. Research on the relationship between addiction and the structure of the brain is far from over.

However, many specialists believe these findings open up new avenues for treatment.

“If we could get a handle on what makes unaffected relatives of addicts so resilient we might be able to prevent a lot of addiction from taking hold,” said Dr. Paul Keedwell.

The chief pharmacist for Derbyshire Mental Health Trust, David Branford, said the study, “implies that addiction does not produce noticeable changes to brain structure and function which means that there may be provision for looking at new treatment techniques for addiction”.

Prof. Les Iversen, from the department of pharmacology at the University of Oxford, said: “These new findings reinforce the view that the propensity to addiction is dependent on inherited differences in brain circuitry, and offer the possibility of new ways of treating high-risk individuals to develop better <<self control>>.”