Taryn Manning on Cory: ‘Not Every Addict Likes Being an Addict’

July 19, 2013 By:
Taryn Manning on Cory: ‘Not Every Addict Likes Being an Addict’

Cory Monteith’s death has caused nearly every corner of Hollywood to reflect.

“Orange Is the New Black” actress and DJ Taryn Manning can relate to the young actor’s untimely story, having been hit close to home with a similar tragedy. Her father also struggled with substance abuse, eventually driven to commit suicide when Taryn was just 14 years old.

“My father died of the same type of thing,” Taryn told Hollyscoop at the Camerich Los Angeles Grand Opening Party. “Not as bad, I think, but I have so much compassion because addiction is no joke. It’s terrible.”

“[Cory] was a talented, amazingly beautiful, human being,” Taryn added. “I had no idea that he struggled with that, and his family. I just hope that he is in a better place.”

As someone who's endured similar circumstances with a loved one, Taryn extends her deepest condolences and some advice.

“I know exactly how his family and friends feel,” she said. “I just hope that over time they can all just accept it and know that he is in a better place, because that is really what it all comes down to. You can dwell or accept."

“Addiction is no joke. Not every addict loves being an addict. They don’t want to be in it. Some do and love it, they have no shame. Most just want so desperately to get out.”