Jane Lynch on Cory Monteith: 'A really bright light' in the 'Glee' family

cory-monteith-jane-lynch-gi.jpgSitting down with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday (July 17), "Glee" star Jane Lynch fought back tears as she spoke about her fallen co-star, Cory Monteith.

Lynch, ostensibly there to promote her new NBC game show "Hollywood Game Night," opened up about the kindhearted Monteith, who was found dead of a "mixed drug toxicity" of heroin and alcohol on Saturday in Vancouver.

"Cory had one of the biggest hearts, he was a real bright light," she said. "He knew he was breathing rarefied air -- the gift that this wonderful show gave us. He was one of those guys who was always aware that it was a gift."

"He was quite generous and one of those adventurous types of people. I always admired how he would get up and fly to Mexico. He'd throw parties for his friends. I don't think he left one day unloved," she added. "He was a really bright light in our family, and we've lost a really great guy."

After Leno asked how she would want people to remember Monteith, Lynch, choking up, replied, "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."

Be sure to watch Lynch offer her memories of Monteith herself below:

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