Here is Jane Lynch’s moving tribute to Cory Monteith given at Sunday’s Emmys:
“It is remarkable and absolutely curious how television shows so quickly become like families.
This summer on our show Glee, we suffered a painful death in our family.
Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson — a star quarterback turned a wide eyed glee singer. And from the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him and millions did fall in love with Cory.
And I’m here to say all that warmth and that charm that openhearted quality that we loved in Cory was no act. Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to.
His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction.
Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss for all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory, know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love. And If you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did and witness first hand Cory’s goofy breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise you would have loved him even more.”