Dianna Agron on Cory Monteith's death: 'We will always carry a piece of you with us'

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Cory Monteith left a permanent mark on all of his "Glee" costars. The latest to speak out on the actor's untimely death on Saturday (July 13) is Dianna Agron, who played Monteith's ex-girlfriend Quinn Fabray on the Fox hit series.

Agron released a heartfelt statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday (July 17) about losing her friend so suddenly due to a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. "I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile," the 27-year-old said. "'Glee' was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry. We really cut our teeth and grew up on this show. In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there. Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone's hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me but my family."

The "Glee" star also extended her condolences family and friends of Monteith, especially Lea Michelle (Monteith's real-life love). "My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend," Agron said. "We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us."

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