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Saturday 27 December 2014

Dianna Agron: Cory Monteith always made us smile

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  Dianna Agron attends HBO's In Vogue: The Editor's Eye screening at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 4, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for HBO)
Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron has “wonderful memories” of Glee co-star Cory Monteith and will rely on those to carry her through mourning the late actor who died Saturday.

The Glee actor was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday after consuming a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol. He was 31.

Dianna plays cheerleader Quinn Fabray on Glee, opposite Cory’s high school quarterback character Finn Hudson.

The pair grew close while working on the hit show for four years.

In a statement released Wednesday, the 27-year-old actress revealed this is the first time she has lost someone like Cory.

“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,” she said.

Dianna will always look back fondly on her time working with the actor.

She feels as though she grew up with Cory and their fellow castmates.

“Glee was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry,” she continued.

“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.”

Dianna also wanted fans to know that despite Cory’s demons, he was a good person.

She has offered her condolences to his loved ones, including her Glee co-star and Cory’s girlfriend, Lea Michele.

“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,” she continued. “He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me, but my family.

“My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us.”

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