LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jane Lynch paid tribute to Cory Monteith at Sunday's Emmy Awards, calling the death of her "Glee" co-star "a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction."
Monteith, who played football star Finn Hudson on the Fox musical show, died in July of an overdose of heroin and alcohol in Vancouver. He was just 31.
"From the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him," said Lynch, who plays conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee." "And millions did fall in love with Cory."
Lynch went on to call the Victoria-raised star "a beautiful soul."
"He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to," she said.
"Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been."
"Glee" is planning to address Monteith's death in the third episode of the new season, which begins Sept. 26. The show is entering its fifth season.
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