Emmys Honor 'Glee's Cory Monteith With a Touching Yet Honest Tribute

Believe it or not, some TV fans didn't think Glee star Cory Monteith deserved to be remembered at the 2013 Emmys. The actor was 31 when he was found dead this July in a Vancouver hotel room after overdosing on heroin, and some argued that he hadn't contributed enough to the TV landscape to get a proper tribute during their esteemed Emmys. We completely disagreed and thankfully, so did CBS. Monteith's Glee co-star Jane Lynch delivered a touching memorial that spoke about his talent, generosity, sense of humor, and yes, his addiction, too.

Lynch started her tribute by talking about how much Cory felt like family to fans, and to the cast. She spoke about his warmth and charm, as well, but she wasn't afraid to get into the real, and much darker side of the situation:

By acknowledging the truth, she made Cory's death as important as his life. She wrapped up her memorial with this, the most touching quote we've heard since his untimely passing, by speaking directly, and honestly, to his young fans:

There was no sappy music, no Lea Michele, no song and dance. It was a sincere and heartfelt memorial, and it was something fans of his had been wanting for a long, long time.