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Cory Monteith Death: Jenna Ushkowitz Says He’s “In My Heart Forever”

Cory Monteith’s (Finn) sudden death of a heroin overdose on July 13 has rocked every member of the Glee cast to the core. Slowly but surely, his various co-stars are breaking their silence; opening up about how they’ve been affected by Cory and the unmistakably positive impact he’s had on their lives.

On July 22, Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) joined co-star Amber Riley, Naya Rivera and Chord Overstreet by speaking out about Cory.

Credit: Jenna Ushkowitz on Twitter    

“I am so grateful that Glee brought this group of extraordinary individuals together to form a family. I was lucky enough to closely experience the love and light that Cory shared with the world, as well as having the privilege of traveling down the road together on a once in a lifetime journey,” Jenna wrote on Instagram.

Alongside her post, the Glee star shared a photo of the original New Directions from way back in Season 1 — with Cory making an adorably goofy face.

“Cory always reminded me to be gracious, kind and open, and he will leave a mark in my heart forever,” Jenna added. Like many of her co-stars, she ended her message with a thank you to fans, as well as a special mention of Cory’s longtime girlfriend, co-star Lea Michele (Rachel).

“Thank you everyone for your constant support and love while we mourn the loss of our dear friend, and continued support to Cory's family, and to Lea.”

Source: Jenna Ushkowitz on Twitter

07.22.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Beth Douglass
Related: Glee, Cory Monteith, Jenna Ushkowitz

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