Cory Monteith: Glee's Lea Michele In Tribute
Glee actress Lea Michele has paid an emotional tribute to her late co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith.
Monteith, 31, was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, in July, after overdosing on heroin and alcohol.
He and Michele played an on-again, off-again couple in Glee and dated off-screen for about a year.
Michele tearfully addressed the audience at the Teen Choice Awards as she took to the stage to accept a gong for her role on the hit show.
Wearing a necklace that spelled out the name "Cory", she said: "I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these very past difficult few weeks."
She went on to dedicate the award to Monteith saying: "For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love we're going to get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world."
Referring to the character Monteith played in Glee, she added: "We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart so whether you know him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts."
Glee also won the Choice TV Comedy award and cast member Amber Riley said: "Although we lost someone that we really love and that you guys love too we are very fortunate to come back to a show where we feel the love of family and Cory was like a brother to us."
Glee actor Darren Criss and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale co-hosted the event at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.