Glee star Jane Lynch paid tribute to her late friend and castmate Cory Monteith at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (22Sep13), insisting his death in July (13) is a reminder of the "senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction".
Monteith, who died from a drug and alcohol overdose, was one of five TV celebrities honored with special mentions at the 65th Emmys, and the decision to single him out was criticized by many, who felt others, like Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman, should have been part of the tribute instead of the Glee actor.
However, Lynch, who delivered the In Memoriam tribute onstage at the Emmys, had a very special message for her late co-star's fans and friends.
She said, "This summer on our show Glee we suffered a painful death in our family. Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback-turned- wide-eyed, heartfelt Glee singer. And 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. And millions did fall in love with Cory...
"Cory was a beautiful soul. 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. Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been.
"To a generation that loved Cory so, please know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love, and, if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness first-hand Cory's goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity, I promise you'd have loved him even more."
The other late TV celebrities honored at the Emmys included James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters and Jean Stapleton.