[BREAKING] Glee’s Naya Rivera Has Passed Away At 33

After announcing that they had found a body, the Ventura County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that the body found yesterday at Lake Piru, California, is Naya Rivera’s.



Rivera had been missing for almost six days before her body was discovered. Rivera, 33, had rented a boat with her son, Josey, before heading out onto the water for a swim. However, just hours later, Josey was found alone on the boat. In the midst of the search, Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team told Us Weekly that they had been going on clues from Rivera’s pictures sent to friends and family. Inglis said, “There was a picture sent to a family member that showed the boy on the boat by a cove. We found where that cove was.” He speculated that the boat had been pushed away from Rivera when strong winds blew, forcing her to swim after it. According to Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub during a news conference on Monday afternoon, Josey confirmed that the two of them had been swimming. When asked by a reporter why Rivera was able to get her son back on the boat but not herself, the sheriff said,


There are a lot of currents on the lake that appear particularly in the afternoon. We believe it was mid-afternoon when she disappeared, the idea being that perhaps the boat started drifting. It was unanchored. And she mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat but not enough to save herself.”


Following the news, fans, celebrities and former costars alike have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actress.



Fans and friends alike have taken note of the timing of when Rivera’s body was found as it’s the exact same day as when Cory Monteith, former ‘Glee’ main, overdosed back in 2013.



Rivera began acting at the age of 4, appearing in series such as ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘Family Matters’, ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ and ‘CSI: Miami’. She rose to fame after becoming one of the main characters in ‘Glee’ and continued to appear in a total of 113 episodes. ‘Glee’ ran from 2009 to 2015 and celebrated it’s 10th-anniversary last year.


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I can't believe it's been 10 years! I'm so blessed to have been a part of such an amazing show. I've made lifelong friends, grew in my craft, and made some of the most beautiful memories because of Glee. I will always be grateful to @20thcenturyfox, @mrrpmurphy, @bradfalchuk, Dana Walden, and Gary Newman for believing in my talents and giving me the opportunity to share them with the world. I love all of our fans who are beyond amazing and saw a little piece of themselves in each one of the characters. Being a part of something special makes you special and Glee will always have a special place in my heart. #glee10thanniversary #santanalopez #glee

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After ‘Glee’, Rivera made an appearance on ‘Devious Maids’ and Step Up: High Water. Rivera was born in Santa Clarita, California, on January 12, 1987, and is survived by her parents, Yolanda and George; a younger brother, a sister and her 4-year-old son, Josey. Rivera and actor Ryan Dorsey were married in 2014 and their son, Josey, was born in 2015. The pair have joint physical custody of Josey, with both being hands-on, doting parents to the young boy.



To Rivera, her son was her “greatest success, and I will never do any better than him.”



In her autobiography, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up” Rivera talked about how motherhood changed her. She said,

Your life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to be proud. In fact, I think it’s the opposite: the more imperfect your life has been, the prouder you should be, because it means you’ve come that much further, and also probably had a lot more fun along the way.


Our hearts and love go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.