After a multi-day search, TMZ reports that the body of Glee star Naya Rivera was found in California’s Lake Piru. Her death was confirmed during a press conference on Monday by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. She was 33 years old.
Rivera, who also appeared in episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Bernie Mac Show, and American Dad!, had been missing since last Wednesday, July 8, when she went boating with her four-year-old son on Lake Piru, located in Los Padres National Forest of Ventura County, California. Local authorities “found the 4-year-old boy on the boat — presumably rented by Naya — shortly before 5 p.m. on Lake Piru, but Naya was not there,” according to TMZ. “Law enforcement sources tell us her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, told deputies his mom had jumped in the water… but didn’t come back up.”
The actress was best known for playing Santana on Fox’s hit musical series Glee, where she shared many scenes with Heather Morris (Brittany), who offered to join the search team for her body. “I have spoken to Sheriff Eric Buschow and rest assured they are using every single one of their resources to locate our Naya. I have full confidence that they’re doing everything they can, and probably more,” Morris tweeted on Sunday. “Please be kind, compassionate, and caring for those who are looking for our Naya.”
i remember being blown away by the amount of raw emotion naya controlled in this performance and still think about it all the time pic.twitter.com/QkFp0VAPem
— gabe bergado (@gabebergado) July 13, 2020