Naya Rivera confirmed dead after body found in lake on anniversary of fellow 'Glee' star's death

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Naya Rivera confirmed dead after body found in lake on anniversary of fellow ‘Glee’ star’s death

The actress was reported missing on July 8 after renting a boat at Lake Piru

The search for  Naya Rivera  has come to a tragic end. On Monday, a body was found at Lake Piru, where the Glee star went missing last week. “A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office tweeted on July 13. Hours later at a press conference, the body, based on the location, physical characteristics and clothing, was identified as Naya’s. “We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Sheriff Bill Ayub said during the press conference, adding: “There is no indication of foul play and no indication this was a suicide.”

Naya went missing during a lake outing with her son©Getty Images
Naya went missing during a lake outing with her son

The 33-year-old actress was reported missing on Wednesday, July 8, after her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey was found alone in a boat they rented. The child was discovered sleeping on the vessel wearing his life vest, while an adult jacket was found on board.

According to a press release shared by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the actress’ son “told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake, and he got back in the boat, but Rivera did not.” Investigators believed “Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident.” The search for Naya turned into a “recovery mission” on Thursday.

The actress starred on 'Glee' with Cory Monteith, who died July 13, 2013©FOX Image Collection via Getty Images
The actress starred on ‘Glee’ with Cory Monteith, who died July 13, 2013

Naya was best known for portraying Santana Lopez on the hit series Glee. The discovery of the TV star’s body on July 13 coincided with the seventh anniversary of her fellow Glee star Cory Monteith’s death. Cory died of an overdose in 2013. Stars from the Fox musical show, including Heather Morris, were pictured holding hands at the lake where Naya’s body was recovered on Monday.

The late actress shared her son Josey with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey. The pair finalized their divorce in 2018. Less than a week before Naya’s tragic accident, the mom of one reminded her followers that “tomorrow is not promised.” “No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you’re alive is a blessing,” she penned alongside a photo of herself. She added, “Make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised.”

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