- Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are setting up a college fund for Naya Rivera's son, Josey.
- Josey was found asleep on a rented boat last week after he and Naya went swimming. He said Naya never got back up on the boat.
- Five days after she was reported missing her body was recovered and she was confirmed to have died from drowning.
Glee creators, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, issued a statement on Tuesday following the news of Naya Rivera's death.
The actor was reported missing last week after she went swimming with her son, Josey Dorsey, at Lake Piru in California. When the 33-year-old didn't return the boat she rented, staff went searching only to find Josey asleep. He told authorities his mother never got back on the boat.
On Monday, five days after Rivera went missing, her body was recovered. Her death was later confirmed to have been the result of an accidental drowning.
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"We are heartbroken over the loss of our friend Naya Rivera. Naya wasn't a series regular when we cast her on Glee. She didn't have more than a few lines in the pilot. But it didn't take more than an episode or two for us to realise that we had lucked into finding one of the most talented, special stars we would ever have the pleasure of working with," the Glee creative team said in a statement released by 20th Century Fox TV.
"Naya could act, she could dance, and she could sing (could she ever sing!) She could nail a joke as well as she could crush you with an emotional scene. She could move between being scary tough and deeply vulnerable with ease. She was a joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around."
They added that the star changed so many lives with her portrayal of Santana – who explores her sexuality on the show after realising she has feelings for her best friend, Brittany Pierce.
"Naya understood what 'Brittana' meant to the many young women who were seeing themselves represented on television for the first time," they said. "Naya always made sure that Santana's love for Brittany was expressed with dignity, strength and with pure intentions. Naya was always moved by the girls who reached out to her to tell her how much Santana and Brittany's love affected them. Naya's obligation to them — and to all of her fans — was obvious. She had the rare combination of humility and endless confidence in her talent."
The three creatives concluded saying they had set up a college fund for Josey in honour of their friend. He was, as they said: "The beautiful son Naya loved most of all."
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