Police confirm death of Naya Rivera as Glee co-stars pay tribute

Police in California have confirmed the death of actress Naya Rivera after discovering her body.

The 33-year-old had rented a boat with her son Josey in Lake Piru last Wednesday. The 4-year-old boy was discovered sleeping alone in the boat wearing his life jacket with an adult sized life jacket in the boat but no sign of his mother. He told authorities they had gone swimming but his mother never returned to the boat.

A thorough search began at the lake for Rivera but had difficulty locating her with murky waters. However a body was discovered yesterday with police later confirming at a press conference it was indeed Naya Rivera.

Police believe the boat drifted due to currents and Rivera managed to get her son back on to the boat but ran out of energy to save herself.

Rivera was most known for her time on the show Glee from 2009-2015 as Santana Lopez. Her co-stars on the show visited the lake together yesterday and since the confirmation of her death, have paid tribute to her online.

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Naya was insanely talented, breathtakingly gorgeous, and one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met, but the legacy she left behind for me is her kindness. I joined the cast of Glee in the third season and as the newcomer, I was intimidated and terrified. The cast was already such a tight-knit group who had been working incredibly hard together for over three years to make it a hit show and I never expected any of them to have time for me. To my surprise, Naya, one of the most beloved by the rest of the cast (and the entire world), showed me instant warmth and kindness. She invited me to parties and gatherings and was always there to give advice. She was a superstar who had nothing to gain from being kind to the new girl, but she was and that changed this new girl’s entire experience on that show. I will forever be grateful to that beautiful human. My heart goes out to her family and her sweet boy. ❤️

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Becca Tobin, who played Kitty Wilde, said on Instagram: “Naya was insanely talented, breathtakingly gorgeous, and one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met, but the legacy she left behind for me is her kindness.”

Jane Lynch, who starred as Sue Sylvester, wrote: “Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were.”


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