Credit: Jen Lowery/Splash News Photo: Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chord Overstreet and NeNe Leakes on February 27, 2012

Like the rest of the world, we are still trying to process that Glee star Cory Monteith is really gone. Over the past few days, many of his castmates have spoken out through their grief, including NeNe Leakes of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

NeNe gave a statement to Life & Style Magazine in response to the tragic news.

"Cory was one of the nicest guys I've ever met and a great actor! I am grateful our paths crossed! He will be truly missed!" she said.

NeNe joined the cast of Glee as Coach Roz Washington, a hilarious character that is rumored to be returning in the upcoming season, if and when production of the FOX show resumes as planned. She got to know Cory, as well as the other cast members, since beginning her stint as Roz.

Our hearts go out to all of Cory's friends and family during this extremely challenging time.

Source: Life & Style