UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Actors Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley and Kevin McHale accept Choice TV Show: Comedy award for "Glee" onstage during the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)2013 Getty Images
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: Actress Naya Rivera attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)2013 Getty Images
Following Cory Monteith's death, "Glee" star Naya Rivera said the Teen Choice Awards was a therapeutic time for the for the cast to grieve together.
At Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, Lea Michele made her first public appearance since the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith.
Monteith, who co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2010, was found dead July 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. An autopsy revealed the 31-year-old actor died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
He and Michele played an on-again, off-again couple in the popular Fox series Glee and dated off-screen for about a year.
Michele won Choice TV Actress in a comedy for her role on Glee and took the stage tearfully Sunday to address the audience while wearing a necklace that said "Cory."
"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 difficult past few weeks," she said.
She dedicated 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 gonna get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world."
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 (his Glee character) Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts."
Glee also won Choice TV Comedy and cast member Amber Reilly sa:id: "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."
On the teal carpet prior to the show, Rivera said it was therapeutic for the show's cast to be together since Monteith's death.
"It's really good for us to be able to be all together and be in the same room and celebrate people loving what we do."
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.