Glee co-stars mourn as Naya Rivera’s death is confirmed

Glee actress Naya Rivera, who was reported missing a week ago, has been confirmed dead after her body was recovered from a California lake where she spent a boat trip with her son. 

On July 14, the Ventura County Sheriff in California reported that a body was found at Lake Piru, where the actress went missing and her son was found alone on a boat. 

“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2 pm at the lake,” they said. 

In another tweet, they confirmed that the body found in the lake was Rivera. 

She was believed to have accidentally drowned after renting a boat with her son, who later told the investigators that his mother helped him into the boat before he saw her disappear under the water. 

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said the lake’s strong currents possibly caused the accident. 

“The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting — it was unanchored — and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” he said. (READ: Body of actress Naya Rivera recovered from US lake — police)

Naya was best known for her role as Santana Lopez in Fox’s comedy-drama series Glee. 

Co-stars and friends in the industry took to social media to remember their dear friend who was gone too soon. 

In an eerie coincidence, Naya was pronounced dead on the same day fellow Glee star Cory Monteith died seven years ago, reports said.

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My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you. • 7 years ago today, she and I were together in London when we found out about Cory. We were so far away, but I was so thankful that we had each other. A week ago today we were talking about running away to Hawaii. This doesn’t make sense. And I know it probably never will. • She was so independent and strong and the idea of her not being here is something I cannot comprehend. She was the single most quick-witted person I’ve ever met, with a steel-trap memory that could recall the most forgettable conversations from a decade ago verbatim. The amount of times she would memorize all of those crazy monologues on Glee the morning of and would never ever mess up during the scene… I mean, she was clearly more talented than the rest of us. She was the most talented person I’ve ever known. There is nothing she couldn’t do and I’m furious we won’t get to see more. • I’m thankful for all the ways in which she made me a better person. She taught me how to advocate for myself and to speak up for the things and people that were important to me, always. I’m thankful for the times I grew an ab muscle from laughing so hard at something she said. I’m thankful she became like family. I’m thankful that my dad happened to have met her weeks before I did and when I got Glee, he told me to “look out for a girl named Naya because she seemed nice.” Well dad, she was nice and she became one of my favorite people ever. • If you were fortunate enough to have known her, you’ll know that her most natural talent of all was being a mother. The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful. I’m thankful that Naya got that beautiful little boy back on that boat. I’m thankful he will have a strong family around him to protect him and tell him about his incredible mom. I just hope more than anything that her family is given the space and time to come to terms with this. For having such tiny body, Naya had such a gigantic presence, a void that will now be felt by all of us – those of us who knew her personally and the millions of you who loved her through your TVs. I love you, Bee.

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