Actress Naya Rivera’s death has the entertainment world reeling after a five-day search mission since her disappearance, which ended in heartbreak for friends and family.
The Glee star, Naya and her son went swimming in Lake Piru on July 8. Her four-year-old boy was spotted alone on a rented boat and a witness alerted authorities. After five days of searching, her body was found on July 13. She died at 33.
Her Glee family has showed an outpouring of grief. Darren Criss wrote he was “gutted beyond description” over the loss of his co-star, who portrayed cheerleader Santana on the hit show.
Amber Riley posted a video of Rivera and her son on her Instagram page.
“My favourite duet partner. I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest in Peace Angel and know that your family will never have to worry about anything,” she wrote.
Chris Colfer wrote an emotional post about a “decade of friendship” with Rivera.
“How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone?” he wrote. “If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humour were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honour and a suit of armour. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be.”
“Rest sweet, Naya,” wrote Jane Lynch, who played a cheerleading coach on the show. “What a force you were.”
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