Being the pro she is, Glee actress Jane Lynch dutifully made an appearance on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno to help promote her new game show Hollywood Game Night Wednesday night. Lynch fought back tears as she spoke with sincerity about her her Glee co-star Cory Monteith, who passed away Saturday as a result of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.
Lynch often acted opposite Monteith as her character, the crafty cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, often butted heads with Monteith’s singing jock Finn Hudson.
“Cory had one of the biggest hears, a real bright light,” she told late night host Jay Leno. “He was one of those guys. He knew he was breathing rarefied air—the gift that this wonderful show gave us. He was one of those guys who was always aware that it was a gift. He was quite generous and one of those adventurous types of people who would — he’d fly to Mexico, he’d throw parties for his friends. We lost a really good guy.”
Monteith was cremated on Tuesday July 16 after a private viewing with his family and girlfriend/fellow Glee co-star Lea Michele.