Fans, friends and family of popular Glee star, Naya Rivera were left in shock when she went missing on July 8. The 33-year-old actress was on a boating trip with her 4-year-old son Josey on River Piru, where they had rented a boat and ventured out into the lake. As she went missing, her son was found alone, unharmed and she was presumed drowned after she went missing. Earlier this week, the actress was confirmed dead after her body was found by the Ventura County Police.
A five-day search had been in place to find her body. After she went missing, her friends, former co-stars, family members and parents took to social media to mourn her loss and remember her fondly. They will forever cherish her “everlasting legacy” following her death.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week,” her family said in their statement to a daily this week. “While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.”
They went on to thank and praise the efforts of the local police for their search. “Thank you to the men and women of the Ventura, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Departments for your commitment and unwavering effort to find Naya,” the statement continues. “We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support. Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time,” they said to conclude their statement.