Top Stories

Naya Rivera Breaking News, Photos, and Videos

Naya Rivera's Fans Hold Vigil at Lake Piru

Naya Rivera‘s fans are paying emotional tribute to the late star.

Fans of the Glee actress, who tragically died due to a drowning accident while boating with her son Josey, gathered together on Saturday (August 1) at Lake Piru, Calif.

The vigil was organized by her fan page, Naya‘s Army, and attended by local mourners in California, as well as attendees from other states, including Oregon and Indiana.

Fans displayed white balloons, flowers and various pieces of artwork in tribute to Naya, as well as a rainbow flag reading “Thank you, Naya” – a reference to her pivotal role in LGBTQ visibility with her role as Santana Lopez in Glee.

“Without Glee, I swear I would not be here. I would not be alive. That’s just a fact,” one fan said at the vigil, via CBS.

Naya was also just laid to rest at a private funeral.

Naya‘s final television appearance was just announced and it aired this weekend.

naya rivera vigil august 2020 01
naya rivera vigil august 2020 02
naya rivera vigil august 2020 03
naya rivera vigil august 2020 04
naya rivera vigil august 2020 05

Naya Rivera Laid to Rest in Private Funeral, Buried in Famous L.A. Cemetery

Naya Rivera has been laid to rest after her death at the age of 33.

The former Glee actress’ body was found in Lake Piru on July 13, five days after she disappeared while boating on the lake with her four-year-old son Josey.

Naya‘s death certificate has been obtained by People and it says she was buried on July 24 at the famed Los Angeles cemetery, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Many celebrities are buried at this cemetery, including Michael Jackson, Paul Walker, and Nipsey Hussle.

The funeral was reportedly a private service for Naya‘s closest friends and family.

One day after the funeral, Naya‘s ex-husband and the father of her child, Ryan Dorsey, wrote an emotional tribute and said that he will make sure their son “will never forget where he came from.”

Naya‘s final television appearance was just announced and it airs this weekend.

Naya Rivera Photo Gallery

Naya Rivera's Final TV Appearance Will Be on Netflix's 'Sugar Rush'

Naya Rivera‘s final TV appearance before her tragic death has been revealed.

The Glee actress, who sadly died at the age of 33 after a drowning accident with her son in Lake Piru, will appear as a featured guest on Season 3 of Netflix‘s baking competition reality TV series, Sugar Rush, which will be released on Friday (July 31).

Here’s more about the upcoming episode, via Deadline: “Back in February, a few weeks before all production ground to a halt, the Glee alumna filmed a guest-judge appearance on Sugar Rush in Los Angeles, sitting alongside the show’s host Hunter March and professional chef judges Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo. It was the last thing Rivera shot before the coronavirus-related Hollywood production shutdown, now in its fifth month.”

According to the report, after careful consideration and in consultation with Naya‘s manager Gladys Gonzalez, a decision was made to move ahead with the episode and release it as planned. It will also be dedicated to Naya, and feature an on-screen note honoring her before the opening credits.

Naya‘s sister recently posted a moving tribute.

Naya Rivera's Sister Nickayla Says Her 'World is Turned Upside Down' in Heartbreaking Tribute

Naya Rivera‘s younger sister Nickayla Rivera has written a heartbreaking tribute to honor the memory of the late star.

The 25-year-old model took to Instagram and posted an old photo of her and Naya along with her emotional note.

“Sister,⁣ There are no words to describe my love for you. Side by side or miles apart, our connection is infinite. Our bond is unbreakable. We were complete opposites, yet simultaneously the same. The yin to my yang. I never knew that by losing you, I would find so much of you in myself,” Nickayla wrote in her statement.⁣

“I’ve never known a life without you in it & still can’t imagine it. My world is turned upside down. But through it all, everything we were, we are still. I’ll always look at you with the same eyes as I did when I was young,” she added. “My shmaya, I’ll love you for eternity & miss you every second of my life.”

Nickayla‘s statement was posted about an hour after Naya‘s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey broke his silence with a touching tribute on his social media page.

Ryan Dorsey Breaks Silence on Ex-Wife Naya Rivera's Death: 'Josey Will Never Forget Where He Came From'

Naya Rivera‘s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey is breaking his silence on the former Glee actress’ death.

It has been almost two weeks since Naya‘s body was found in Lake Piru after she went missing on July 8. She went out on the lake in a boat with her four-year-old son Josey that afternoon. Authorities believe that the lake’s currents made the boat drift away while they were swimming and she used all of her energy to get Josey back in the boat, then didn’t have enough energy to save herself.

Ryan took to Instagram on Saturday (July 25) to release a heartbreaking statement.

“This is so unfair…there’s not enough words to express the hole left in everyone’s hearts. I can’t believe this is life now. I don’t know if I’ll ever believe it. You were just here… We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before. Life just isn’t fair. I don’t know what to say…I’m thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for,” Ryan said.

He continued, “I remember sometimes you used to get annoyed at me: ‘Ryan can you stop snap chatting!’ Haha. I’m glad I didn’t listen to you because I have hundreds and probably thousands of snaps and videos that Josey will have forever and know his momma loved him more than life, and how much fun we had together as he was growing up.”

“Life is all about good times and bad times but with Josey it makes the bad a little less so because a part of you will always be with us. He’ll never forget where he came from. We miss you. We will always love you. Love you Meep. 🖤💔🖤,” he said.

Click inside to read the rest of Ryan Dorsey’s statement… More Here! »

ryan dorsey back with josey 01
ryan dorsey back with josey 02
ryan dorsey back with josey 03
ryan dorsey back with josey 04
ryan dorsey back with josey 05

Glee's Amber Riley Says Naya Rivera & Cory Monteith's Names Every Day to Honor Their Lives

Amber Riley has written another touching tribute for her late Glee co-star Naya Rivera, who drowned in California’s Lake Piru after heroically saving her son’s life.

In the tribute that Amber posted to Instagram on Thursday (July 23), she said she says both Naya and their late co-star Cory Monteith‘s names every day to honor their lives.

“I’m so mad the world will never see how high you could have soared. Her brain was brilliant. She was smart and as quick as a whip. Always had me in stitches, we would be in tears laughing so hard at one another,” Amber said. “There was never competition, or shade, or intimidation with us. Just pure adoration and mutual respect. You deserved better. You were so much more than just this show. Your talent outshined us all so many times!”

“Favorite Naya Moment: tour bus to London, Naya greasing her scalp with Doo Gro oil, a plastic cap and a silk bonnet 😂 my sister said ‘oh Naya you blackity black black’ we burst out into laughter! We needed it too because we just wanted to get home to our families. We were alike in that way. We love hard, and protect our own, and we don’t take no shit from anyone (Kevin is literally the byproduct of US 😂) We can either slice you with our words, or bring you comfort with that same breath. Dealer’s choice. I say your name everyday and hold you in my heart, just like I do Cory,” she continued.

Click inside to read the rest of the touching tribute… More Here! »

Chris Colfer Wonders How Naya Rivera Could Be So Talented; Calls Her A 'Dream' In Beautiful New Tribute

Chris Colfer continued his touching tribute to Naya Rivera with an essay on Variety.

“I’m not sure anyone on Earth could give Naya Rivera the tribute she deserves,” the 30-year-old author and actor pondered, although many have tried to.

Chris goes on, saying that “the process of losing her has been such a nightmare, I find myself wondering if Naya was even real or if she was just a dream all along. How could a human being be that talented, that hilarious and that beautiful at once? How could one person be responsible for so much joy and be the subject of so many wonderful memories?”

He also reflected on how she amazed him with her skills on the set of Glee.

“…Her heroic and groundbreaking portrayal of Santana Lopez on Glee inspired millions of young people around the world, especially in the LGBTQIA community, and it will be treasured for generations to come,” Chris wrote. “Naya also had a superhuman ability to memorize scripts. With one glance, she would know all her lines and yours — which came in handy when you acted alongside her. Sometimes, I’d become so lost in Naya’s performance, I’d forget I was in the scene with her.”

You can read Chris‘ full tribute to Naya Rivera on Variety.com now.

If you missed his first salute to Naya, who died after a drowning accident earlier this month, you can read it on JustJared.com now.

chris colfer naya rivera death tribute post 01
chris colfer naya rivera death tribute post 02
chris colfer naya rivera death tribute post 03
chris colfer naya rivera death tribute post 04
chris colfer naya rivera death tribute post 05