It was an emotional appearance last night for Jane Lynch when she appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Watch the clip below.
Jane Lynch fought back tears as she paid tribute to Cory Monteith, who she described as “a really great guy” and a “bright light” in the Glee family. Jane starred opposite Cory in hit Fox TV series Glee, playing the role of cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester against his Finn Hudson.
And breaking her silence on Cory’s tragic death after he was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday after a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, Lynch told chat show host Jay Leno just what Cory was like.
“Cory had one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light and he was one of those guys that knew he was breathing rarefied air,” she told Leno.
“[He knew] the gift of the show, this wonderful show, gave us. He was one of those guys who was always aware that it was a gift and he was quite generous and one of those adventurous types of people. I always admired how he’d get up, he’d fly to Mexico, he’d throw parties for his friends. I don’t think he left one day un-lived and he was a real bright light in our family and you know we’ve lost a really great guy,” she said with a sad look in her eyes.
Leno, who revealed he never got the chance to meet Monteith, then asked the actress: “How would you like people to remember him?”
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. I mean that’s the kind of guy he was. He was just a real giver.”
This is the type of story that we’ve heard over and over about Cory. Inner demons are tough to overcome and it’s a shame we’re not going to be blessed with his talent, but his light will live on.
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