Jane Lynch Gets Emotional Remembering Cory Monteith on Leno

In the aftermath of Glee star Cory Monteith’s untimely death, fans, family members and friends alike are trying to come to grips with the tragedy.

The 31-year-old was found dead in his hotel room at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim last Saturday, due to alcohol and heroin poisoning.

Although many of his friends and family members have asked for privacy during this trying time, some who knew him closely are opening up and sharing their memories with the public.

Actress Jane Lynch, who plays head cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night to promote her new show, Hollywood Game Night. While there, she discussed Monteith and described him as a giving, grateful and overall wonderful person.

“Cory’s one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light. He was one of those guys that … he knew he was breathing rarefied air,” she said. “The gifts that this wonderful show gave us … He was always aware that it was a gift and he was quite generous. He was one of those adventurous types of those people. I always admired how he would get up…you know, he would fly to Mexico, he’d throw parties for his friends. I don’t think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family and we’ve lost a really great guy.”

Watch the clip above.