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Chord Overstreet, Melissa Benoist & Jacob Artist Remember Naya Rivera In Touching Tributes

Chord Overstreet, Melissa Benoist & Jacob Artist Remember Naya Rivera In Touching Tributes

Three more of Naya Rivera‘s Glee co-stars have spoken out with tributes after she died in a drowning accident last week.

Chord Overstreet spoke highly of his time with Naya on his Instagram page, alongside a stunning image of the late actress.

“I still remember the day I met you,” he writes. “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.”

Chord continued, “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! 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.”

“My favorite part of glee was getting to watch you perform and shine up close every day. You really were the pulse of that show. Anyone who was blessed enough to see and experience your raw talent knows it to be true. You’re one of the smartest and most gifted people I have ever met. There is no one like you and there never will be.”

Chord added, “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.”

Click inside to see what Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist wrote in remembrance of Naya…

Jacob Artist, who played Jake Puckerman in the later seasons of Glee, took to his Instagram Stories for a short, but sweet tribute.

“I remember how intimidated I was meeting Naya for the firs time,” he recalled. “I was not even 20 yet and felt like a fish out of water. Her warmth and charisma were disarming. She made anyone feel included and seen and I could see why she was loved by so many around her.”

Jacob continued, “When she sang Songbird, it was one of my favorites ever done…Celebrating your mark ont he world today. A gift of a person and performer.”

Melissa Benoist also shared a beautiful tribute to Naya, admitting that it’s “difficult to find words.”

“There was an undeniable beauty that she radiated inside and out, and I consider myself incredibly lucky that I got to witness that up close even for the short period of time that I did,” she adds on Instagram. “I was so intimidated by her, yet she had a way of disarming that just made you want to be around her, hear what she had to say (because it would undoubtedly be the sharpest and most real thing you would hear all day).”

“She was kind and open to me when she didn’t have to be, when I was a naive, clueless and insecure newcomer. Bravely authentic, genuinely kind, incredibly talented and deeply loved by so many. Thinking of her family and loved ones. Rest In Peace, Naya.”

If you missed it, Naya‘s cause of death was officially confirmed as drowning.

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