An emotional Lynch told Leno that Monteith was a “bright light” and added that he lived his life to the fullest.
“Cory’s one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light. He was one of those guys that…you know, he knew he was breathing rarified air…the gifts that this wonderful show gave us,” Lynch said. ”He was always aware that it was a gift and he was quite generous. He was one of those adventurous types of those 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 and we’ve lost a really great guy.”
The actress added that she hopes people don’t remember Monteith because of how he died, but because of the good he did.
“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 just the kind of guy he was. Just a real giver.”
Watch the clip of Jane Lynch on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” below.