The Glee star fights back tears on the Jay Leno show

Cory Monteith was ‘a real bright light’ according to his Glee co-star Sue Lynch.

The actress had tears in her eyes as she paid tribute to Cory, who was found dead aged 31 in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, while speaking on the Jay Leno show.

Cory had one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light and was one of those guys that knew he was breathing rarefied air,’ she says.

‘He knew the gift the show, this wonderful show, gave us.  He was one of those guys who was always aware it was a gift and he was quite generous and one of those adventurous types of people.’

Jane, 53, remembered a time when Cory  flew across the country to be with a sick child whose last wish was to meet him.

‘I mean that’s the kind of guy he was. He was just a real giver,’ Sue says.

Cory’s girlfriend and co-star Lea
, 26 – who stood by Cory during his stint in rehab earlier this year – has released a statement since the cause of her boyfriend’s death was announced.

He was found to have had alcohol and heroin in his system.

Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans,’ it says.

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