Cory Monteith Emmy Tribute: Jane Lynch Honors Late Co-Star

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The 2013 Emmys were filled with both celebrations and tributes.

For while shows such as Modern Family and Breaking Bad gave folks plenty to fist pump over, a number of untimely deaths also gave them far too many colleagues to moun.

Along those sad lines, Jane Lynch paid tribute to late Glee star Cory Monteith.

"It is remarkable, and perhaps a little curious, how quickly TV shows become like family in some ways," Lynch said during the broadcast. "This summer on our show, Glee, we suffered a painful death in our family. Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback turned wide-eyed, heartfelt glee singer.

"And from the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love with Cory."

Lynch went on to cite Monteith's "warmth and charm," talking of his "beautiful soul," but also acknowledging that the young man who died from a drug overdose was "not perfect."

"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 so, please know that this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love. And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witnessed 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."

Monteith passed away on July 13. His body was found in a Vancouver hotel room after a night out with friends.

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Cory Monteith Biography

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