UPDATE: Glee’s Original Cast Member Naya Rivera Dead Body Was Found
She rented a boat with her son on a lake in California, he was found alone hours later after the boat wasn’t returned.
Updated June14 2020
We are saddened by the news coming out of California on Monday 13th July as the Ventura County Sherifs Department announce they have found the body of Naya Rivera.
Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, testimony from her son and initial observations say that they both may have got into some trouble in the water and that Naya spent her last moments of energy ensuring her son was safely back on the boat.
Hollywood has been sharing their love for Naya in statements across social media, most notable is the tweet by fellow “Glee” actress Jane Lynch that reads “Rest sweet Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family”.
RIP Naya Rivera - a total tragedy, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends- most notably her brave young son, Josey, at this difficult time.
Actress Naya Rivera is best known for her role as Santana Lopez on “Glee” is still missing and now presumed dead after renting a boat with her son on Lake Piru in California and never returning it. He was found hours later, alone on the boat saying that they both jumped into the water, but she never jumped back out.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office said in a statement they presumed an accident had happened and that she had drowned in the lake, turning the search and rescue into a recovery operation instead.
Deputy Chris Dyer said in a statement to CNN: “...switching that mode to a search-and-recovery mode as I said, does not change the efforts and does not change the gusto, what we push forward with the search operation. The goal is still to bring Ms. Rivera home to her family, so they can have some closure…”
Dive teams & advanced sonar systems have been working day and night since Wednesday to recover the actress. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office released the CCTV footage of Naya renting the boat with her son and the boat launch on July 11th as well as videos of them using the advanced equipment underwater in their search efforts alongside the divers and dogs on their Twitter accounts.
We are all following this story as closely as we can, and we hope and pray that Naya is found safe & well.
Image source via thestar.com