Actress Naya Rivera Dead, Body Recovered at California Lake

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Actress Naya Rivera’s body was found Monday morning at Lake Piru after days of a recovery mission following Rivera going missing July 8 at the lake in Southern California.

The thespian and vocalist, well known for her portrayal of Santana Lopez in the hit series Glee, body’s recovery falls on the 7th anniversary of her castmate’s Cory Monteith’s death.

On Wednesday, July 8, the 33-year-old rented a boat at Lake Piru for her and her 4-year-old Josey.

According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Josey was found asleep on the boat that Wednesday afternoon by a leasing agent searching for the watercraft which was past due for return.

In a press conference on Monday, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Josey told authorities his mother boosted him onto the boat. He then reportedly looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.

Josey has since been safely reunited with his father, Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.

Sheriff Ayub said they’re confident the body recovered Monday morning was Rivera’s. He added: “There is no indication of foul play or that this was a suicide.”

An official autopsy and identification will be completed in the coming days.

Rivera was an accomplished actor, singer and mother. Rivera released a single in 2013 “Sorry” featuring rapper Big Sean.

In addition to Glee, she was currently starring on Step Up which recently announced a third season on Starz after being canceled by YouTube.

According to a source for E!, Rivera was in a really good place prior to her death.

“Probably the best I’ve ever seen her,” the source shares with E!. “She finally had a great co-parenting system worked out, and she seemed genuinely really happy. She was excited for new beginnings this year.

Rivera shared this picture of her and her son on her social outlets Tuesday, July 7.

Our prayers are with Naya Rivera’s son, her parents, her loved ones, former castmates and those grieving her loss. May her soul rest in paradise.

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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