For actress Jane Lynch, discussing the death of Glee co-star Cory Monteith must not have been easy. A visibly emotional Lynch spoke to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show about Monteith’s death. For Lynch, Monteith’s death is not just the loss of a show family member, but a dark reminder of her own past as an adict.
During the interview, Lynch says “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. 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 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. We’ve lost a really great guy.”
Leno goes on to ask about how she thinks people should remember the late 31-year-old actor and she says “He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him. That’s the kind of guy he was. He was just a real giver.”
Here’s the clip:
In recent years, Lynch has opened up about her addiction to everything from alcohol to cough syrup.
Monteith’s death comes in the years after the deaths of some high profile celebrities to substance abuse issues. Monteith’s death was largely for the same reasons that Heath Ledger died back in 2008. Namely, both men died of a toxic mixture of drugs.
Lynch went on to discuss her performance on the Tonys.
For those who would like to see her full performance on the show (she is the middle section of the show oh, and there are commercials), here it is: