After five days of an extensive search, 33-year-old Glee actress Naya Rivera was found dead at California Lake due to drowning, leading to extremely emotional reactions from the world of entertainment news, especially from her Glee costars. Before she was declared dead, Heather Morris, who starred opposite Rivera as Santana’s best friend-turned-spouse, Brittany, had tweeted: “I’m Nayas close friend and co-worker, and I’m trying to conduct an on-foot search and rescue mission along with a small group of friends at Lake Piru.”
Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina Cohen-Chang, also wrote on Instagram: “Naya, you were a force and everyone who got to be around you knew it and felt the light and joy you exuded when you walked into a room. You shined on stage and screen and radiated with love behind closed doors. I was lucky enough to share so many laughs, martinis and secrets with you.”
Jane Lynch, Glee’s Coach Sue Sylvester, tweeted: “Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family”.
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) July 13, 2020
While Josh Sussman, who made brief appearances on the show as Jacob Ben Israel, posted on Twitter: “Naya, you will be missed so much.”
? Naya, you will be missed so much. ?
— Josh Sussman (@JoshSussman) July 13, 2020
RIP, Naya Rivera