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.


I don't mean to sound so harsh, but this guy Cory was a Junkie, & I don't think he deserved any tribute. He did this to himself. Others were so much more deserving of a tribute, like the late great Jack Klugman, etc.

@ Deena

I was watching the news last week and there was a poll question asking if he was worthy or a tribute. The controversy is basically about him "killing himself" verses dying of natural causes. I see exactly where you are coming from. Jack Klugman was a great actor. I grew up watching the Odd Couple. Your not being mean spirited your telling the truth


Lots of controversy surrounding this tribute. If it had a snowballs chance of making a difference in this world I could see the point. Otherwise, poor choice over more deserving actors.


I think it was a well fitted tribute to Cory who was adored by his fiance Lea and the rest of the cast as well as the glee fans he had such w god talent that it is a shame when you lose someone with as much talent as he had. R.I.P Cory.


Granted this was a terrible loss, and the kid was so very talented...but why ignore the greats like Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman? Like I've said before ---being a druggie in Hollywood must be an never hurt that Downey Jr guy or many others....Americans still honor these people...

@ critic

I totally agree


I don't think it was so much that he was undeserving; as it was that they should have no doubt included Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman. We are all warned about drugs and to avoid them and yadda yadda yadda. I personally don't know what drives people to drugs other than personal turmoil. However, I have a very strong personality and strong upbringing where I would not resort to drugs. All I know is that Cory was apparently not strong enough to resist this temptation and that is unfortunate. He was a brilliant young man and I think the Emmy's felt compelled to mention him as a young man who had a lot going for him and projected what could have been. They just should have done a better job of including the other legends.

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