The World Remembers Naya Rivera
On July 13, 2020, the Ventura County Sheriff’s
Department recovered and identified the body of actress and
performer Naya Rivera after six days of searching
Lake Piru, in Fillmore, California, where she had rented a boat
with her 4-year-old son on July 8. The announcement of her death
falls 7 years to the day of the passing of close friend and fellow
“Glee” co-star, Cory
The news conference has concluded. Sheriff Ayub has confirmed the body recovered at Lake Piru today was Naya Rivera. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans during this difficult time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
It’s not enough to just say that Naya Rivera was incredibly talented. She was all that and more. Best known for her role as Santana Lopez on “Glee”, Naya had an amazing voice, unmatchable ability to dance, and incredible comedic timing, wit, and charm. Along with being an actress, known not only for “Glee” but also “The Royal Family”, “Family Matters”, “The Bernie Mac Show”,Step Up: High Water, and more, Naya was also an author, singer, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.
With all that, she was also an incredible champion for the LGBTQ+ community, working with organizations such as GLAAD andThe Trevor Project through the years. Additionally, she often used her voice and platform to speak on many key topics and issues, such as Black Lives Matter, the significance of exercising your right to vote, the importance of having more diverse characters in television, and more.
Since the confirmation of Naya’s tragic passing, fellow “Glee” castmates, along with many other friends and fans of Naya, have taken to social media to share their thoughts, condolences, and memories.
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) July 13, 2020
There are no words and yet so many things I want to say, I don't believe I'll ever be able to articulate exactly what I feel but... Naya, you were a âš¡ï¸ force and everyone who got to be around you knew it and felt the light and joy you exuded when you walked into a room. You shined on stage and screen and radiated with love behind closed doors. I was lucky enough to share so many laughs, martinis and secrets with you. I can not believe I took for granted that you'd always be here. Our friendship went in waves as life happens and we grow, so I will not look back and regret but know I love you and promise to help the legacy of your talent, humor, light and loyalty live on. You are so loved. You deserved the world and we will make sure Josey and your family feel that everyday. I miss you already.Jul 13, 2020 at 3:40pm PDT
My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you. • 7 years ago today, she and I were together in London when we found out about Cory. We were so far away, but I was so thankful that we had each other. A week ago today we were talking about running away to Hawaii. This doesn’t make sense. And I know it probably never will. • She was so independent and strong and the idea of her not being here is something I cannot comprehend. She was the single most quick-witted person I’ve ever met, with a steel-trap memory that could recall the most forgettable conversations from a decade ago verbatim. The amount of times she would memorize all of those crazy monologues on Glee the morning of and would never ever mess up during the scene… I mean, she was clearly more talented than the rest of us. She was the most talented person I’ve ever known. There is nothing she couldn’t do and I’m furious we won’t get to see more. • I’m thankful for all the ways in which she made me a better person. She taught me how to advocate for myself and to speak up for the things and people that were important to me, always. I’m thankful for the times I grew an ab muscle from laughing so hard at something she said. I’m thankful she became like family. I’m thankful that my dad happened to have met her weeks before I did and when I got Glee, he told me to “look out for a girl named Naya because she seemed nice.” Well dad, she was nice and she became one of my favorite people ever. • If you were fortunate enough to have known her, you’ll know that her most natural talent of all was being a mother. The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful. I’m thankful that Naya got that beautiful little boy got back on that boat. I’m thankful he will have a strong family around him to protect him and tell him about his incredible mom. I just hope more than anything that her family is given the space and time to come to terms with this. For having such tiny body, Naya had such a gigantic presence, a void that will now be felt by all of us - those of us who knew her personally and the millions of you who loved her through your TVs. I love you, Bee.Jul 13, 2020 at 4:52pm PDT
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.Jul 13, 2020 at 2:33pm PDT
Naya was insanely talented, breathtakingly gorgeous, and one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met, but the legacy she left behind for me is her kindness. I joined the cast of Glee in the third season and as the newcomer, I was intimidated and terrified. The cast was already such a tight-knit group who had been working incredibly hard together for over three years to make it a hit show and I never expected any of them to have time for me. To my surprise, Naya, one of the most beloved by the rest of the cast (and the entire world), showed me instant warmth and kindness. She invited me to parties and gatherings and was always there to give advice. She was a superstar who had nothing to gain from being kind to the new girl, but she was and that changed this new girl’s entire experience on that show. I will forever be grateful to that beautiful human. My heart goes out to her family and her sweet boy. â¤ï¸Jul 13, 2020 at 3:32pm PDT
My heart is broken.. I truly had soo much fun filming this little segment... we both clearly didn’t wanna be there but made the most of it! Naya was truly a star.. one day as I was coming out of hair and make up I saw her sitting at base camp and she said “Alex... when you go on tour can you please say ‘everybody say heeeyy Ms. Newell’’ just for me!” I said absolutely we laughed and had a short little convo about life and music.. I’ll cherish that moment for ever!! I watched her preform with such power, brilliance, and honesty.. While being a light as a person! The love she had for her family and friends was always clear! She will truly be missed! Josey you are loved by all the people who love your mother! My thoughts and prayers are with her family! Rest Sweet Angel..Jul 13, 2020 at 2:21pm PDT
Now more than ever we must lift her family and friends up especially Josey! My heart is sent to them... Josey you are truly loved by every single person who loves your mommy! I love you Naya!— Alex Newell (@thealexnewell) July 13, 2020
Naya brought so much joy to our lives. She had the sharpest wit, the slyest smile, a compassion for people from all walks of life, and a talent that knew no bounds. My deepest condolences to her family, friends, co-workers, and fans around the world. We love you so much, Naya.— Michael Hitchcock (@hitchmichael) July 13, 2020
SWIPE: I was praying for a miracle! I wanted you to come home to your baby so bad. This hurts! I will hold the memories close to my heart and remember the good times, the laughs and the way we would cut up on set. Those were fun times! Please pray for Naya’s family??ripnayarivera #lifeisshort #bigsisJul 13, 2020 at 2:02pm PDT
Just unbelievable. Grateful to have known you and worked with you and your talent. RIP Naya. â¤ï¸— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) July 13, 2020
Thank you for what you gave the world. I love you.pic.twitter.com/CFNmwgtSva— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 13, 2020
Can’t believe I’m writing this. My heart. So many emotions. So many memories. My mind did not want to accept this. My sweet Naya. I love you. Will always love you. I’ll never forget your sweet smile, your amazing voice, and your warmth and love that has always welcomed me. I knew as early as 9 years old you were going to grace us with so much talent and so much beauty. I’m so grateful to have been blessed with your presence for over 20 years. You took my breath away and always will. Another angel has gained her wings. My heart goes out to the Rivera family.Jul 13, 2020 at 2:16pm PDT
My Naya! I became apart of your world through my brother @tahj_mowry. You guys used to hit the pavement auditioning together and booking jobs together. I’ve known your beautiful spirit since the age of 6. You quickly became family. Just some of my favorite memories- you helping my sister and myself look for a place to live when my parents kicked Tamera and I out of the house at 25. Us hitting L.A. night life together with @tahj_mowry and going to parities introducing me to the most wild drink I’ve ever had and you laughing at me because I couldn’t handle it. I will never forget asking you to shoot an episode of my cooking show Tia Mowry at Home and you saying yes without hesitation. Or us walking together to our cars on the paramount lot after a long hard day of work. We were both so stoked that we had television shows on the same lot. I love you. Your smile will always be the most beautiful smile. Rest my love. You are now a beautiful angel. ??Jul 13, 2020 at 2:33pm PDT
My sweet Naya - to say that I am devastated would be an understatement. This is a nightmare. Everyday gets harder. However, I am holding onto hope that you will be found. â£ â£ We grew up together. We became adults together. We experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each others hearts and then mended them back together...more than once. I will never not think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel. I’ve never liked to admit it but I have never stopped loving you. A part of me always wished for the day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamt we could have been. â£ â£ I pray deeply for the Rivera family and that God blankets them with strength, peace, and love right now. Mychal and Nickayla - you will always be like younger siblings to me and I love you dearly. I watched you two grow up into beautiful adults. George and Yolanda - whatever you need I am here for you. We are forever family and I love you. â£ â£ I ask everyone reading this to please lift up, along with the entire Rivera family, Ryan and Josey in prayer and to respect what they are going through during this time. I pray that God showers the entire family with strength and peace that only He can give. â£ â£ I still have faith. I still have hope. Let’s please all pray that she is found and brought home safely. â£ â£ Naya, I miss you deeply. I wish I got the chance to tell you that once more but I’m believing I will get that chance. I know deep down you’ve always known how I felt. I look forward to the day where I can see your beautiful face once more and tell you everything I’ve wanted to say that I didn’t get the chance to say. I love you forever. I always have and I always will. â£ â£ ♥ï¸Jul 10, 2020 at 9:38pm PDT
? Naya, you will be missed so much. ?— Josh Sussman (@JoshSussman) July 13, 2020
Sending love and prayers to Naya's family and friends. So very sad...— Robert J. Ulrich (@RobertJUlrich) July 13, 2020
Prayers for Naya Rivera's family. Man....can we have a "Do Over " of 2020. The loss is too much ???? pic.twitter.com/63iNdRikv5— Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 13, 2020
the reason songbird by fleetwood mac is one of my favorite songs ever is because of the glee soundtrack version. she transformed it. ?? Rest Easy Naya Rivera— Kehlani (@Kehlani) July 13, 2020
God cover and hold her loved ones!
This is an absolute nightmare. I had the pleasure of having dinner with her once after a recording session we did together and she was an absolute sweetheart. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I hope I’m lucky enough to meet you up in heaven. Rest In Peace Naya Rivera— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) July 13, 2020
Yvette Nicole Brown
I am truly heartbroken to hear of the confirmed loss of this amazingly talented woman.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) July 13, 2020
I have watched her shine since she was a little girl on #TheRoyalFamily. She deserved to have a long life full of every good thing. I’m gutted that that will never be.#RIPNayaRivera? https://t.co/jgBma9JH3q
RIP sweet naya— Ashley Benson (@AshBenzo) July 13, 2020
Before Naya’s passing was confirmed by officials, many of her friends shared their hope of finding her on social media.
Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family. No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) July 12, 2020
I cannot begin to understand what Naya’s family must be feeling. I know the rest of us are completely shattered, but not without hope. Please respect her family & their privacy in this moment. Please refrain from judging those who don’t show their pain on social media. ♥ï¸ https://t.co/DXsUj3qdCh— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) July 12, 2020
I don’t tweet often but sometimes my tweets come true so, together let’s manifest on twitter that Naya will be found safe and sound!! Come on y’all! Let’s put this energy out there: they will find her healthy and alive!! ??????— Team Demi (@ddlovato) July 10, 2020
As you can see, Naya was incredibly loved and cherished by so many. Her legacy will live on through her incredible work, and she will be honored by her friends, family, and fans forever. She was truly an incredible tour de force in all aspects of her life and career.
As Naya had said in the caption of her Instagram post just days before her passing, tomorrow isn’t promised. Please take this insane tragedy and use it as a reminder to treat each and every day as a blessing, and to hold those you love close to you always.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences to all of Naya’s friends, family, fans, and loved ones. Our heart goes out to you. To Naya, you will be so missed and you are so loved. Thank you for everything you’ve given to us throughout your years. Rest in paradise, and say hi to that Frankenteen Cory Monteith for us. I’m sure you’re sharing the biggest hug right now.