Glee star Naya Rivera pronounced dead after body recovered from lake

13 July 2020, 22:16 | Updated: 13 July 2020, 22:43

Police search for missing Glee star Naya Rivera

Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

RIP Naya Rivera.

Glee fans are mourning the death of Naya Rivera, aged 33, as police have now confirmed that they have found her body after going missing five days ago (July 8).

In a press conference today, the police said that they believe the body they found is Naya, who played cheerleader Santana Lopez on the hit TV show, and that there was no indication of foul play or suicide. An autopsy will be conducted soon to establish cause of death.

Tragically, today also marks the seven year anniversary of the death of another Glee star, Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in 2013.

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Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera. Picture: Getty

The Futura police department had been searching for Naya since she went missing last Wednesday after going boating with her four-year-old son, Josey, at Lake Piru, California.

According to the police, he was found alone and asleep, wearing a life jacket, in the boat and he told officers that he had seen his mother "disappear beneath the water". The police think that Naya pushed Josey back onto the boat, possibly saving his life, shortly before she drowned.

After an extensive search and rescue effort, police could find no trace of Naya and she was presumed to have died. They believe she must have drowned in a “tragic accident”.

Earlier today (13/07), ABC News reported that Naya’s family and former Glee cast mates met and held hands at the edge of the lake where Naya went missing.

Shortly before her disappearance, Naya shared a photo with her son with the caption “just the two of us.”

Celebrities, fans, friends took to social media to share their grief and condolences to Naya’s loved ones.