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The new face of heroin Published: July 17, 2013

“Glee” star Cory Monteith, who died Saturday of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room, may not seem like the stereotypical heroin user, reports NBC News.

That's why, despite the fresh-faced 31-year-old actor's openness about his lifelong struggles with alcohol and drugs, his death has shocked many.

Monteith is the first major celebrity example of heroin overdose for his young fans, but he is only the latest in a long trail of deaths among entertainers at least partly associated with the drug: Jazz man Charley “Bird” Parker in 1955, John Belushi in 1982, actor River Phoenix in 1993, to name a few.

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