This is just incredibly sad. A law enforcement source confirms to HollywoodLife that Naya Rivera, star of the hit show ‘Glee,’ is dead after drowning in a California lake on July 8.
Naya Rivera was pronounced dead on July 13, five days after she went missing while boating on Lake Piru, a law enforcement source confirmed to HollywoodLife. Rescuers feverishly searched for the Glee star ,33, after she vanished from the Southern California lake. Naya had rented a boat with her son, Josey, 4, but never returned to the dock that evening. Three hours after they left the dock, another boater discovered Josey asleep onboard the boat, with Naya nowhere to be found.
Earlier in the day on July 13, the Ventura’s Sheriff department confirmed that a body had been found that morning. And just moments before a press conference was scheduled to commence that afternoon, HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY discovered the body was identified as Naya. Ventura County Sheriffs Dept. further told HollywoodLife, “There were some [family members] here this morning — they came to the water’s edge to pray, shortly thereafter she was located.”
Sadly, Naya’s body was recovered on the same day that Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, died in 2013. Naya, who played Santana Lopez on the beloved FOX Musical comedy, leaves behind her adorable son, Josey. When found by rescuers, the four-year-old said that he and his mom went swimming, but that Naya didn’t get back on the boat. The pair were recently seen out grocery shopping together before the July 4th weekend.
Naya, who was previously married to Ryan Dorsey, is the third cast member of Glee to die under tragic circumstances. Mark Salling, who played Puck, killed himself on January 30, 2018 near his home in Los Angeles. Just a few months previously, Mark had pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, which would have landed him in jail for four to seven years and required him to register as a sex offender.
Cory Monteith, who played Lea Michele’s leading man Finn Hudson, suddenly died while the show was still on the air, losing his life to an alcohol and heroin overdose while the show was on hiatus. The devastating news left the cast and fans worldwide heartbroken, as they surely are now that Naya has been lost as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who loved Naya and is feeling the pain of her loss right now.