‘Glee’ Cast and How They Honored Naya Rivera

Members of the Glee cast were photographed holding hands on the shore of Lake Piru in California, the same day that the Ventura County Sheriffs confirmed Naya Rivera’s death.

Josey

Rivera’s body was discovered five days after she disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son, Josey, was found July 8 alone on a boat the two had rented, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that the body found was Rivera’s.

7 Year Anniversary of Corey Monteith

Her body was found on the seven-year anniversary of the death of Glee star Cory Monteith, who died July 13, 2013 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin.

Took to Social Media

Many of her Glee castmates took to social media after Rivera’s body was found to send their condolences to her family.

Lea Michele posted photos of Rivera and Monteith to her Instagram story.

Sue Sylvester

Jane Lynch, who played Coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, took to Twitter to write, “Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.”

 

Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale, who played Artie Abrams, wrote, “My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world with you.”

McHale continued, “7 years ago today, she and I were together in London when we found out about Cory. We were so far away, but I was so thankful that we had each other. A week ago today we were talking about running away to Hawaii. This doesn’t make sense. And I know it probably never will.”

Chris Colfer

Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel on the series, posted a tribute to Instagram.

“How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t,” Colfer wrote.

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Darren Criss

 

Darren Criss, who played Blaine Anderson, posted a Twitter thread about Rivera.

“She was bold. She was outrageous. She was a LOT of fun,” he began. “Naya made me laughed like no one else on that set. I always said it while we were working together and I’ve maintained it ever since. Her playful, wicked sense of humour never ceased to bring a smile to my face.”

He continued: “She played by her own rules and was in a class of her own. She had a brashness about her that I couldn’t help but be enchanted by. I also always loved her voice, and savored every chance I got to hear her sing. I think she had more talent than we would have ever been able to see.”

Criss said that he was “constantly moved by the degree to which she took care of her family, and how she looked out for her friends.”

“And even as I sit here, struggling to comprehend, gutted beyond description — the very thought of her cracks me up and still brings a smile to my face. That was Naya’s gift. And it’s a gift that will never go away. Rest in peace you wild, hilarious, beautiful angel,” Criss concluded.

Lauren Potter

Lauren Potter, who played Becky Jackson, wrote, “Cheerios Forever.”

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato, who played Rivera’s girlfriend on Glee, wrote, “RIP Naya Rivera. I’ll forever cherish the opportunity to play your girlfriend on Glee. The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted (at the time) queer girls like me, and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world.”

Jenna Ushkowitz

Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina Cohen-Chang, wrote, “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.”

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There are no words and yet so many things I want to say, I don't believe I'll ever be able to articulate exactly what I feel but… 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. I can not believe I took for granted that you'd always be here. Our friendship went in waves as life happens and we grow, so I will not look back and regret but know I love you and promise to help the legacy of your talent, humor, light and loyalty live on. You are so loved. You deserved the world and we will make sure Josey and your family feel that everyday. I miss you already.

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Becca

Becca Tobin, who played Kitty Wilde, wrote, “Naya was insanely talented, breathtakingly gorgeous, and one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met, but the legacy she left behind for me is her kindness.”

She continued, “I joined the cast of Glee in the third season and as the newcomer, I was intimidated and terrified. The cast was already such a tight-knit group who had been working incredibly hard together for over three years to make it a hit show and I never expected any of them to have time for me.”

 

“To my surprise, Naya, one of the most beloved by the rest of the cast (and the entire world), showed me instant warmth and kindness. She invited me to parties and gatherings and was always there to give advice.”

She said that Rivera was “a superstar who had nothing to gain from being kind to the new girl, but she was and that changed this new girl’s entire experience on that show.”

“I will forever be grateful to that beautiful human. My heart goes out to her family and her sweet boy.”

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Naya was insanely talented, breathtakingly gorgeous, and one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met, but the legacy she left behind for me is her kindness. I joined the cast of Glee in the third season and as the newcomer, I was intimidated and terrified. The cast was already such a tight-knit group who had been working incredibly hard together for over three years to make it a hit show and I never expected any of them to have time for me. To my surprise, Naya, one of the most beloved by the rest of the cast (and the entire world), showed me instant warmth and kindness. She invited me to parties and gatherings and was always there to give advice. She was a superstar who had nothing to gain from being kind to the new girl, but she was and that changed this new girl’s entire experience on that show. I will forever be grateful to that beautiful human. My heart goes out to her family and her sweet boy. ❤️

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