GLEE's Jenna Ushkowitz Pays Tribute to Cory Monteith

GLEE's Jenna Ushkowitz Pays Tribute to Cory Monteith

Jenna Ushkowitz has broken her silence on the passing of her friend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith. The actress posted a photo (at left) of the cast on her Instagram account yesterday, July 22nd and paid tribute to the late star who died in Vancouver on July 13th from an accidental drug overdose.

"I am so grateful that Glee brought this group of extraordinary individuals together to form a family," said the 27-year-old. "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. Cory always reminded me to be gracious, kind and open, and he will leave a mark in my heart forever."

She added, "Thank you everyone for your constant support and love while we mourn the loss of our dear friend."

Ushkowitz, who portrays Tina Cohen-Chang on the FOX musical comedy, will continue on as a series regular. It was recently announced that the premiere of the show's fifth season will be delayed to September 26th.

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