Jane Lynch had a tough time controlling her emotions as she spoke about the tragic loss of her “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith.
The actress, who plays Sue Sylvester on the popular show, told Jay Leno about what a wonderful person Monteith was and how he lived life to its fullest.
Lynch said she’d always remember 31-year-old Cory, who was found dead last Saturday, for not having left “one day unlived”.
The actress told Leno, “Cory was one of the biggest hearts and was a real bright light. He was one of those guys that knew he was rarefied air from the gifts this show, this wonderful show gave us. He was always aware that it was a gift.
“He was quite generous and one of those adventurous types of people. You know, I always admired how he’d get up and fly to Mexico, throw parties for his friends. I don’t think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family”.
Jay asked how she’d like Cory Monteith to be remembered and she replied, “He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him. That was the kind of guy he was – just a real giver”.
Cory, who played Finn Hudson in “Glee”, died from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol and in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday. He was been cremated on Tuesday.
Jane Lynch isn’t the only member of the “Glee” cast to speak about his senseless and tragic passing.
Dianna Agron said of Cory, “I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile.
“Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone’s hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me, but my family.
“My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us”.
His other co-star Naya Rivera stated, “The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend.
“He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone’s well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated”.
Just before Cory Monteith died, he recorded a message to a fan for a flight attendant’s daughter, Mallory. The clip was recorded while Monteith was onboard a flight from Japan to Vancouver on July 6.
The actor checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, and was found dead in his hotel room on July 13.
The 31-year-old star said, “I wanted to record this video for you guys just to let you know to stay out of trouble and stay in school.”
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