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Gloria Estefan and More Glee Alums React to Naya Rivera s Death - MSN Money

Gloria Estefan and More  Glee  Alums React to Naya Rivera s Death - MSN Money
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Paying tribute. The cast of Glee took to social media on Monday, July 13, following the news that Naya Rivera , who . On Monday, authorities announced that her body was uncovered at Lake Piru, the spot she was reported missing from on Wednesday, July 8. She was 33.

Rivera’s 4-year-old son Josey, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey , was found alone on a boat that the pair had rented for the day. Josey told authorities that he was swimming with his mother and he made it back on the boat, but she did not. He was wearing a life vest when he was found and an adult-sized vest was found on the boat, along with Rivera’s ID and wallet.

Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team told Us Weekly in an exclusive interview after she went missing, as divers, helicopters, drone aircraft and cadaver dogs searched for her.

“As you get more north in the lake, there are steep hills and it’s covered with brush with bigger rocks,” he explained. “It would be very difficult to maneuver through that especially if you’re just wearing maybe a bathing suit. … What I suspect is that the winds kicked up . Those pontoon boats are very light, and when you push them, it can get away from you. She might’ve tried to swim after the boat. But that’s all speculation. .”

After the Step Up star was reported missing, many of her former costars took to social media to share their prayers. Heather Morris , who played Rivera’s love interest Brittany on Glee, also .

“I have spoken to Sheriff Eric Buschow and rest assured they are using every single one of their resources to locate our Naya. I have full confidence that they’re doing everything they can, and probably more. We will hold off on the citizen search and rescue until we get the go,” she tweeted on July 12. “Ahead that they’ll allow volunteers. Understand it’s 110 degrees here and if you’re not highly trained in search and rescue, this could end up a much more dangerous situation for everybody involved. Please be kind, compassionate and caring for those who are looking for our Naya.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see how the cast of Glee paid tribute to Rivera.

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The Latin superstar played Santana Lopez’s mother on the Fox drama — and still has fond memories of her shared scenes with Rivera. “When I got the opportunity and was invited to be a part of it, I was thrilled beyond words,” she told Andy Cohen in August on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy. “Naya was really down to earth and warm and [it] was a joy to play her mom. She had really amazing chops.” Estefan said that she had plans to work with Rivera on her music career, but her plans changed when son Josey came into the picture. “When I heard what had happened and I saw that the baby had been on board,” Estefan added. “Deep down inside as a mom you know that she would never have left that baby alone on the boat. … I prayed a lot. But I hope she’s remembered as a wonderful triple threat. She really was one of our young acting talents and dancing and singing, it’s just such a shame.”

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“This loss is truly unimaginable. As many people have stated, Naya was a force. I was intimidated by her talent and presence on set, but she was always so kind and welcoming to me,” the Flash star, who played Sebastian Smythe on Glee, wrote via Instagram. “So many of my Glee memories on and off set have Naya in them. She was one of a kind. My heart breaks for her family and friends. I’ll always keep Naya in my heart and remember her for the strong, talented and compassionate person she was to me in the brief time I got to spend with her. Sending so much strength and love to her family and everyone who’s heart is breaking over this tragic loss.”

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“Taking a moment to honor my grief,” the star, who portrayed Santanna Lopez’s love interest Brittany S. Pierce, wrote via Instagram. “Thank you for all your messages and prayers. Taking care of myself and my family comes first Xo Heather.”

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“This woman touched so many lives and mine is one of them,” the actress, who portrayed Coach Shannon Beiste, captioned a series of photos of the pair via Instagram. “She was beyond a force, she was everything you could imagine. Talented, smart, stunning, and most of all present. As I have said since day one working with her and just being around this amazing woman, she’s the real deal! No bulls–t, not fake, what you saw is what you got and I love and respect her for that. She had an infectious laugh and smile that pulled you in. A true gift she was and her eyes told you so much when she talked about being a momma, they would well up and you could see how much love she had for her boy Josey. I will love and honour Rivera forever and always! I called her Rivera all the time, she’d hear me and just turn and laugh and give you that award-winning smile and always met with a hug!”

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“The world is at such a loss and I am truly heartbroken,” the actor, who played Sam Evans on Glee, captioned a photo of Rivera on Instagram . “I still remember the day I met you. You Walked straight up to me, grabbed me by the face and drug me around until I met every single person on set, introducing me as ‘new booty’. You were one of the first people who made me feel like family when others saw me as an outsider. I didn’t know then that you would become my family and that’s just who you were to everyone.. A Mother, Sister, Daughter and most of all a friend. Your massive heart and bright spark is what carried our entire show, when at times we all felt like giving up.”

“You always showed up for me when I needed some wisdom or was down and just needed someone to talk to. You took care of everyone around you in a way that was so warm and comforting and you sure knew how to throw a hell of a party!” he continued. “I always admired your bravery and passion to fight for what’s right even when it seemed like you were up against the world. Your spirit is contagious and you continue to make everyone you have touched a better and stronger person by knowing you.”

He concluded, “You have changed peoples lives all around the world and you continue to change mine forever. I will never forget your love and kindness. Thank you for sharing your spirit Angel. I will miss you always. I Love you Naya.”

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Paltrow, who won an Emmy for her guest role on Glee, posted a clip of her character, Holly Holliday, singing “Landslide” with Rivera and Morris during season 2.

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Morrison, who portrayed Mr. Schue on all six seasons of Glee, shared a black-and-white photo of Rivera via Instagram.

“Naya was such a powerful force, in both her personal life and in her work. While so many of us were trying to find our voice, Naya’s was clear and resolute,” he wrote. “When she spoke, you would embrace every last word. And when she sang, she would let you into her soul. Glee acted as only a snippet of her life that we all, thankfully, had the honor of witnessing. But Naya would shine brightest when surrounded by her wonderful family.”

Morrison revealed that the former costars bonded over their kids. (The actor shares son Revel James Makai with wife Renee Puente.)

“A common passion we both shared recently was that of our roles as parents. Naya was fervent about motherhood and had a steadfast love for Josey,” he wrote. “It is that powerful love that ensures us that her story does not end here. I’m confident that her positive influence will be continuously felt, and that her beautiful spirit will carry on in the lives of so many. I’m devastated by this immense loss.  This week has been long and trying with much praying and hope. I find some solace in closure, but the pain I feel for her and her family cannot be measured. Rest in peace, keep shining down on us with your bright light.”

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The actress, who played Quinn Fabray on the series, penned a lengthy tribute to Rivera via Instagram.

“Naya and I fell into stride with such ease, she was my first friend and ally on our show. In the pilot, our characters came and went with such swiftness. Our enthusiasm brimmed with all of the unknown. We tried to grasp what the other cast members must be feeling as we were working in such separate manners. We dared to dream. What if this show worked? Wouldn’t that be something? Something was brimming, it was palpable. And thank god it worked. Naya’s magnetic talent was going to be unleashed, we just didn’t know it yet,” Agron wrote, adding that she’s found “great joy” revisiting Rivera’s performances on Glee.

She continued: “To work with her was a gift. There was a great deal to absorb – her work ethic, her fearlessness, her talent – supreme. Naya had a laugh that would envelop you and hold you captive. She was mesmerizing. That twinkle in her eye, her luminous smile. Naya lead [SIC] with truth, humor, wit. I loved her for all of these reasons.”

⁣Agron also detailed a fond memory with Rivera during a trip to Paris.

“I loved her sense of curiosity and wanderlust,” she wrote. “I was lucky enough to be her travel partner for some of my most favorite adventures. As I write this, I’m grinning with swelling memories of a spontaneous 36 hour excursion – one might even say diversion – to Paris. With Naya, everything was possible and would often simply unfold before us, almost magically.⁣⁣ On this particular jaunt, within ten minutes of checking into our hotel, we found ourselves strolling the halls of L’École des Beaux-Arts, sipping wine from paper cups with students showcasing their latest work. It was fantastic. We were united in our commitment to discovery. And there was always a list of cleverly curated ideas in Naya’s back pocket, should we need it.”

She concluded: “I cannot make sense of this tremendous loss. I will hold onto her and these memories for the rest of time, alongside our Glee family. Please hold space for her, her family, her beautiful boy. ⁣⁣In absolute, loving memory.”

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