The Glee family suffered a tragic lost this summer after Cory Monteith succumbed to his drug addiction in Vancouver, Canada. During last night’s 2013 Emmy Awards, his co-star and friend Jane Lynch paid tribute to him, praising his “beautiful soul,” but also reminding us of the tragic consequences of addiction.

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“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,” Jane said. “And from the first time you saw Cory he had a star quality and a general sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him… and million did fall in love with Cory. I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that openhearted quality that we loved in Cory was no act.”

Jane continued, “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 could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” she urged. “And, if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand Cory’s goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise you’d have loved him even more.”

Cory, who died of a drug overdose in July, left many in a state of shock after his passing. His Glee family will be paying tribute to him in episode three of season five, airing in October 10th.

What did you think of Jane’s tribute?

Did she do Cory justice?