- Naya Rivera's body has been recovered five days after she went missing.
- Kevin McHale, who starred alongside the 33-year-old in Glee, paid tribute to the star, sharing that the two were together exactly seven years ago when they heard that their costar Cory Monteith had died.
- "I legitimately can not imagine this world without you," Kevin wrote in a heartbreaking post. Demi Lovato, Darren Criss and more also paid tribute to the star.
Naya Rivera's body was recovered from a lake on Monday, 13 July – five days after the Glee star was reported missing. She was 33 years old.
The actor rented a boat and was swimming with her son at Lake Piru in California on Wednesday. When she didn't return the boat, however, staff went looking for it and found her son, Josey Dorsey asleep in the boat. He told authorities while he got back in the boat, his mother did not.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said they suspect Rivera may have accidentally drowned as the lake's strong currents picked up. "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.
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Fans of the popular Ryan Murphy show Glee in which Rivera played Santana Lopez – who went from antagonist to many fans' favourite character as she realised her feelings for her best friend, Brittany Pierce played by Heather Morris – shared how Rivera helped them come to terms with their own sexuality.
Demi Lovato, who starred as Rivera's girlfriend for a few episodes of the show wrote on Instagram: "I'll forever cherish the opportunity to play your girlfriend on Glee. The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted queer girls (like me at the time) and open queer girls, and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world."
Darren Criss shared on Twitter: "She was bold. She was outrageous. She was a LOT of fun. Naya made me laugh like no one else on that set. I always said it while we were working together and I've maintained it ever since. Her playful, wicked sense of humour never ceased to bring a smile to my face."
Kevin McHale posted an image on Instagram and revealed in a heartbreaking post that Naya's body was actually recovered on the anniversary of Cory Monteith's death. Cory, as well as Mark Saling, who both starred on the show, have also died in recent years. Cory from a drug overdose and Mark died by suicide after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
"I legitimately can not imagine this world without you," Kevin wrote.
"Seven 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," he said.
He added: "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 memorise 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."
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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 got 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.