For nearly a week now, people all over the world had been praying for the safety of ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera, after her son was found alone on a boat.
On 8th July, Naya’s 4-year-old son Josey was found asleep on a boat at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. This led to an extensive search for Naya, one that turned into a mission to recover her body after she was presumed dead on Thursday.
Authorities have now confirmed that the body found entangled in shrubbery in the lake is Naya’s. The star was confirmed to have died at the age of 33.
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WHAT DID THE AUTHORITIES SAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF NAYA RIVERA?
The Sherrif’s office also revealed that Naya died after her pushing her son onto the boat to save him, but couldn’t save herself.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said –
“We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind.”
He added –
“He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”
“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.”
Her death left millions of people in mourning. Naya played a queer character in ‘Glee’, and was an immensely inspirational figure for many members of the community.
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Many of her costars from ‘Glee’ posted about her death. The news of her death was especially hurtful for them, as her body was found on the 7th death anniversary of another ‘Glee’ actor, Cory Monteith.
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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? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor 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 honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be. 💔 Sending all my love to her wonderful family and her beautiful son.
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— Lauren Potter (@TheLaurenPotter) July 14, 2020
My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you. pic.twitter.com/qX9t1Uhx01
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) July 14, 2020
Beautiful memories boricua. RIP. pic.twitter.com/mhqUEJh8rq
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) July 14, 2020
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) July 13, 2020
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 14, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Naya’s friends, family, and her son.