"What a force you were": Tributes paid to Glee actor Naya Rivera
"I'm so sorry but you deserved more."
Tributes are being paid across Hollywood and beyond following the tragic passing of Naya Rivera.
The former Glee star, actor, and singer was reported missing last week while boating with her four-year-old son in Southern California.
Her remains were recovered yesterday.
Rivera, who was best known for her role as Santana on the hit musical series, is remembered today by her cast mates, friends, and family, many of whom have taken to social media to pay their respects.
Among them are fellow Glee stars Jane Lynch, Harry Shum Jr, Kevin McHale, Max Adler, and Joshua Sussman, as well as guest star Demi Lovato.
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) 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
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, you will be missed so much. 😞
— Josh Sussman (@JoshSussman) July 13, 2020
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 14, 2020
My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you. pic.twitter.com/qX9t1Uhx01
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) July 14, 2020
RIP Naya Rivera. I’ll forever cherish the opportunity to play your girlfriend on Glee. The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted (at the time) queer girls like me, and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world. pic.twitter.com/oCML03M9Kw
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 14, 2020
Yesterday, some of the cast of Glee met at Lake Piru before the identity of the remains were confirmed to be Rivera's.
They held hands at the lake's edge while awaiting confirmation of their cast mate and friend's passing.
Ventura County Sheriff's department confirmed Rivera's passing at a press conference last night at 10pm Irish time.
"Sheriff Ayub has confirmed the body recovered at Lake Piru today was Naya Rivera," they said.
"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."