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07/17/2013 05:10 pm ET Updated Jul 17, 2013

Dianna Agron: Cory Monteith Had 'A Smart, Curious Mind' And Was 'An Enormous Talent'

Dianna Agron is mourning the loss of her close friend and co-star, Cory Monteith.

The 27-year-old actress, who played Monteith's on-screen girlfriend Quinn Fabray on the first season of "Glee," has released a statement following his tragic death on July 13 -- remembering him as "one of the most generous and kind people I have ever met."

According to E! Online, 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."

"In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there," she continued. "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," Agron added. "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."

Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver over the weekend and the British Columbia Coroners Service confirmed that he died of a mixed-drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol.

Monteith's girlfriend Michele has been grieving with his family, according to her rep, who told People, "They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory's family."

Monteith was 31 years old.

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