Former ‘Glee’ cast members and fans pay their respects to Naya Rivera

Former 'Glee' cast members and fans pay their respects to Naya Rivera

Overwhelming support pours in from Glee co-stars and fans across the globe after Naya Rivera’s body was finally recovered from Lake Piru.

Gleeks all over the world were devastated after hearing about the passing of Naya Rivera, who played the salty Cheerios’ Santana Lopez with mighty vocals and equally powerful dance moves.

News of the Glee star’s disappearance first surfaced on July 8th, hours after she rented a pontoon at Lake Piru just outside of Los Angeles with her 4-year-old son.

A leasing agent went out to look for the craft after it wasn’t returned at the scheduled time and found Naya’s son Josey asleep on the boat by himself.

Authorities called for a search-and-rescue which quickly became a search-and-recovery and found Rivera’s body near the surface of the lake 5 days later. The recovery mission was described as a “Braille search” due to the visibility in the lake being so low that the divers had to rely on mostly touch.

Another sad day for the Glee Club

Naya was well-loved by her fellow cast members both on and off-screen. Glee co-stars honored her memory and celebrated profound moments of her life on social media, shortly after receiving news that her body had been recovered.

Chris Colfer—who played the role of Kurt Hummel on Glee—shared a photo of himself and Rivera on Instagram, with the following caption:

“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.”

Jane Lynch—Glee’s cheer squad coach Sue Sylvester—also expressed her heartbreak over the loss of one of her beloved Cheerios on Twitter, saying “Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.”

Jane was also seen retweeting her niece’s Instagram post:

The Naya Rivera Army

Naya was celebrated by a lot of people for her representation being a lesbian Latina on the show. The public voiced their appreciation for Rivera and the impact she had on their lives with her Glee character Santana Lopez being among the first POC and LGBTQ+ characters they’ve watched onscreen.

A candlelight vigil at Lake Piru was also brought together by long-time fans—the Naya Rivera Army—to be held on August 1st.

The world sends love and light to Naya Rivera’s family as they mourn the loss of their “sassy angel” during this unimaginably difficult time.

Featured image courtesy of Glee/Twitter

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