Jane Lynch: How Monteith should be remembered
July 18th, 2013
03:13 PM ET

Jane Lynch: How Monteith should be remembered

One by one, the cast members of "Glee" are coming to terms with the loss of their colleague and friend, Cory Monteith.

Naya Rivera and Dianna Agron have opened up publicly about how they considered Monteith not only a friend but a family member, and it sounds like Jane Lynch would say the same.

The newly single actress told "The Tonight Show's" Jay Leno on Wednesday that her late co-star had "the biggest heart," and that she always admired his spirit of adventure.

"[He] was a real bright light. He's one of those guys that, he knew he was breathing rarefied air," Lynch said. "He was one of those guys, he was always aware that it was a gift. He was quite generous, and one of those adventurous types of people."

Lynch remembered how Monteith would fly to Mexico on a whim, and throw a party for a pal in a heartbeat.

"I don't think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family," Lynch said. "We've lost a really great guy."

Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, on July 13. A coroner later found that the 31-year-old, who had struggled with substance abuse issues, died of a mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol.

The star's battled with substance abuse was channeled into his last role in a crime drama called "McCanick," but his last known video, taped on the plane to Vancouver for a fan, showed Monteith encouraging the "Gleek" to "stay out of trouble and stay in school."

According to the Global News, Monteith recorded the impromptu clip at the request of a flight attendant, whose boyfriend's daughter enjoys "Glee."

That sort of affable openness was common, Lynch said Wednesday.

"He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him," she said of Monteith. "That's the kind of guy he was. Just a real giver."

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  1. Bob C.

    He should be remembered as a drug addict and alcoholic ... that's what he was, after all.

    July 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MMQ

      I guess the word empathy isn't in your dictionary. Addiction is a disease not a choice you idiot. Get educated before you make such uninformed comments.

      July 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rider

    He was an actor I never heard of.....Next!

    July 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mac

      and yet you felt the desire to read the article, and comment. makes sense.

      July 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Timothy

    Yeah, she is not high doing that interview? His friends knew he was trying to get away from drugs, well, they did not do a good job helping him through this.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. heather

    Cnn, i am so over thinking i may be ble to read anything of worth in these comments. Sad and discusting. Either edit them or do without. You're losing me.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mom

    Time to go to bed children. God, I can't wait for school to start.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dick Delson

    He was an idiot. He had everything going for himself, so he does heroin and washes it down with booze.What a schmuck.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ahubcap

    Reblogged this on alexanderparkerblog.

    July 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sparky

    I knew the holier then though types would come out blaming his friends is just idiotic

    July 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gee, sparky...that was almost a coherent statement

      You struggled in English class, didn't you?

      July 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gleekat

    Reblogged this on Cory Monteith RIP.

    July 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. frankie

    To those who say they admired Cory so much, why don't you drop a dime on those who kept pulling him back into drugs?

    July 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sandy Lips

    no comment.

    July 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |


    July 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anna

    What a pity he didnt have the strength to stay off drugs.

    A life wasted.

    July 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |

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