Dianna Agron, who played Cory Monteith's girlfriend Quinn Fabray on the first season of "Glee", had nothing but kind words for her former co-star following his tragic death last week.

Agron released a statement calling Monteith "one of the most generous and kind people I have ever met."

E! Online reports that Agron said, "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. 'Glee' was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry. We really cut our teeth and grew up on this show."

She added, "In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there. 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. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent." She continued, "He was loving to not only me, but my family. My heart goes out to his family, to Lea [Michele], 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."

The 31-year-old actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room last weekend of what officials call a mixed-drug toxicity including heroin and alcohol.