Michele, 31, posted a touching tribute on Twitter in memory of her late ex-boyfriend and Glee costar on the fifth anniversary of his tragic death.
“There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they have gone, the light remains,” she wrote.
Along with the quote, she shared a photo of the sun rising over the ocean.
Michele was 26 at the time of Monteith’s passing and dated the actor for more than a year.
“I love working with Cory, I always have,” Michele told PEOPLE in September 2012. “He really, really inspires me, and he motivates me and I think he’s just so talented. Working with him has been one of the best experiences of this whole process.”
Michele is now engaged to Zandy Reich.