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On Monday, which would have been Cory Monteith’s 33rd birthday, Ryan Murphy remembered the Glee actor, and talked about the wounds he still has two years after Monteith’s death.

“It’s always hard when I speak about Cory because I miss Cory,” the Glee co-creator, 49, told People at the EW/People Upfronts party in New York City Monday night. “It’s a very sort of sad feeling when I think about him. I miss him. I loved him. I think about him every day.”

Murphy, currently working on American Horror Story: Hotel and his new project Scream Queens, cast Monteith in the Fox hit and thinks one of the great tragedies was that “he was taken too soon.”

But Murphy believes Monteith’s death, which came after time in rehab and a long-term struggle with addiction, has had one good thing come out of it.

“I do think that he influenced and helped so many people, and I have to hold on to that,” he said. “It’s too overwhelmingly sad.”

For more from Murphy, head to People.