A system located at Lake Piru in Southern California has been determined as “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, in accordance to Ventura County Sheriff.

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Jane Lynch is continuing to remember Naya Rivera, her previous “Glee” cast mate who who tragically died past thirty day period at 33.

Even though filling in for Hoda Kotb on “Today with Hoda and Jenna” Wednesday, Lynch, 60, remembered Rivera as a “force of nature.”

“It’s just intestine wrenching and heartbreaking that she is absent … with Naya you felt like any individual experienced your back again,” she said. “I think that a single of the issues that sort of received dropped when we have been undertaking the present is what a drive she was because there have been so several proficient folks … she blew every person absent.”

Gloria Estefan, who played Rivera’s mother on “Glee” and served as a tunes producer for her later on, shared a very similar sentiment. 

In a radio job interview with Andy Cohen on Wednesday, she reported starring along with Rivera was a “pleasure,” recalling her owning “really wonderful (singing) chops” and remaining “really down to earth and warm.” 

“I hope she’s remembered as a excellent triple menace,” Estefan stated. “She definitely was 1 of our youthful acting abilities and dancing and singing. It is just these types of a shame. It broke my coronary heart when I saw that image of her mother on her knees by that lake. I can only think about what that felt like.”

Estefan additional that when she heard the information about Rivera and her son, Josey, who was located secure on board the boat Rivera experienced rented, she was “praying past terms that maybe she’d been caught up in a riptide and someway ended up landing in some other portion around that lake.

“Deep down within as a mom, you know that she would hardly ever have still left that newborn alone on the boat so something horrible have to have happened,” she claimed. 

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Before this week, Heather Morris had a message for “Glee” fans mourning Rivera: “You might be not on your own.”

Morris, 33, wrote those words in an Instagram article Sunday that showcased a tearful discussion mourning Rivera and celebrating the duo’s historic onscreen romance.

“I want you to know that we are all here with you, that grief seems to be distinct on every person and I want you to be light and variety to you during this time,” Morris stated to admirers in the video. “I consider a lot of you may sense quite significantly away and I hope this information will enable you come to feel nearer.”

“I have been feeling incredibly significant lately. I have been emotion this aching in my coronary heart to connect with my fans, to hook up with everybody who’s been sensation a minimal misplaced and a tiny confused all through this time,” she explained.

In a tragic collection of occasions previous thirty day period, Rivera disappeared from a boat she rented with her 4-yr-aged son, Josey, at Ventura County’s Lake Piru on July 8. Right after a times-extended search, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace declared on July 13 that a body found at the lake was Rivera.

In the Instagram online video, Morris reflected on her “Glee” character Brittany Pierce’s romantic relationship with Rivera’s Santana Lopez, a groundbreaking example of LGBTQ illustration in television for the Fox show.

Morris explained there was very little explanation to describe the value of the screen connection “simply because most of you felt like it was your gateway into your present-day daily life. Most of you felt like it was an inspiration to become your most effective self.”

Morris ongoing: “I want you to know that that was never ever dropped on me. It was hardly ever misplaced on Naya. We equally knew how special that was. I consider she realized a minimal bit extra than I did. I really felt it a large amount later with all the messages and all the folks achieving out. and I knew the writers also knew that as very well. They had been fundamentally writing for the fans.”

The “Glee” star attempted to combat back again tears as she explained, “I know a large amount of you truly feel quite shed and really considerably away from what occurred, it’s possible a bit bewildered. And that is absolutely normal. But I felt like it owed it to you fellas.”

“I want to thank you all for being these kinds of advocates and so supportive of Santana and Brittany’s marriage,” mentioned Morris. “Because without you guys it never ever would have existed. You men helped generate some thing for the writers and, for Naya and I, that built an effects that will very last for a lifetime and further than that.”

Rivera herself told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 about the Television set connection, “I get so lots of tales of men and women that the storyline certainly touched them and and strike house for them. It is really designed a admirer base for me that I in no way believed I might have … It really is really cool to know that there are folks out there that this does make a difference to and that your operate does matter.”


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