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Updated 7 hours ago. Posted 9 hours ago

“With Naya, everything was possible.”

Yesterday, Naya Rivera’s body was recovered after a days-long search around Lake Piru in Ventura County, CA. She had initially gone missing while boating on the lake with her 4-year-old son, Josey, on July 8.

Investigators believe that Naya and her son may have been caught in a strong current while swimming in the lake, and said in a news conference that “she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.” She was 33 years old.


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Since the news of her death became official, Naya’s Glee castmates have been sharing tributes on social media. Here’s how they’ve honored her:

Chris Colfer wrote on Instagram that Naya “inspired and uplifted people without even trying”:

Amber Riley wrote that she “[doesn’t] have words right now, only feelings”:

Matthew Morrison called her “a powerful force”:

Darren Criss wrote in a Twitter thread that “Naya made me laugh like no one else on that set”:

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 humor never ceased to bring a smile to my face.

12:21 AM – 14 Jul 2020

Jane Lynch sent love to Naya’s family:

Kevin McHale wrote that he “can not imagine this world without [Naya],” and said he believes Cory Monteith — who passed away in 2013 — helped searchers find her:

I’m not religious by any means, but you’d be hard-pressed to convince me that Cory didn’t help find our girl today. These 2, in many ways, were the male and female versions of one another. So nice, cared deeply, were stupidly talented, the most fun, and really really good people. https://t.co/qsvThOJxL7

03:28 AM – 14 Jul 2020

Jenna Ushkowitz reflected on “the light and joy [Naya] exuded when [she] walked into a room”:

Heather Morris shared that she was “taking a moment to honor [her] grief”:

Harry Shum Jr. called Naya “a beast on the show,” and wrote that she “deserved more”:

Alex Newell shared memories of Naya performing with “power, brilliance, and honesty”:

Lauren Potter shared a picture of herself, Heather Morris, and Naya, along with the caption “Cheerios forever”:

Samantha Ware wrote on Twitter that Naya was a “force”:

Completely devastated 💔
Wishing I could find better words…
Sending love, light, and power to the family, friends, and fans of beautiful Naya. What a force. https://t.co/4kHJqxZuAL

12:35 AM – 14 Jul 2020

Becca Tobin wrote that “the legacy [Naya] left behind for me is her kindness”:

Nene Leakes promised to “hold the memories close to my heart and remember the good times, the laughs and the way we would cut up on set”:

Gwyneth Paltrow shared a video of her and Naya singing “Landslide” on the show:

And finally, Dianna Agron wrote that “with Naya, everything was possible”:

For more information on Naya Rivera’s death, click here.

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