Cory Monteith was honored by his peers at last night’s Emmys in a touching speech delivered by his Glee costar Jane Lynch.
In addition to the regular In Memoriam section, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided they would honor five of their peers that the industry lost in the past year.
Jane remembered Cory “for all he was and mourned[ed] the loss of all he could have bee,.”
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In July, Cory died at age 31 of what was officially declared “mixed drug toxicity”; he had a long drug history, a fact that Jane, 53, did not shy away from.
"Cory was a beautiful soul,” she said. “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”
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Jane also gave a special message aimed at Cory’s younger fans.
“To a generation that loved Cory so, please know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” She said.
“And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand 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 have loved him even more."