updated 07/10/2014 AT 4:25 PM ET
•originally published 07/12/2014 AT 1:55 PM ET
The news of the 31-year-old’s death from an overdose of heroin and alcohol came as a profound shock to those who were close to him, and many, including his father, Joe Monteith, continue to mourn his loss deeply.
“I still miss him very much and I still have the empty feeling,” Joe told ET Canada.
Unfortunately, Joe (who divorced Cory’s mother, Ann McGregor, in 1989) was excluded from his son’s funeral. “I didn’t get to go to his viewing, which would have meant a lot,” he said.
Cory and Joe were estranged for much of their lives but had begun to rebuild their relationship a couple of years before Cory died. Still, the pair were not in contact at the time Cory went to rehab in March 2013. “The only thing I knew,” Joe said, “was through watching [the news].”
“She’s a beautiful young woman, she’s just getting to the top of her career and I don’t expect her to go out and do it alone,” Joe said. “She should enjoy life. She had a good time when she was with Cory, from what I understand, but life’s gotta go on.”
Despite Cory’s addiction, his father remembers him as a “likable, approachable” man. “If he was in the room, you’d be smiling,” he said.
Although a year has passed, Joe’s distress over his son’s death lingers. “He enjoyed life, that’s why I was so shocked about the outcome of everything,” he said. “He just seemed to enjoy life overall and then all of a sudden he’s gone.”