Actress Naya Rivera Dead: Officials Recover Her Body From Lake Piru — Report

Credit: Naya Rivera Instagram

UPDATE 7/13 1:45pm EST: TMZ confirmed on Monday, July 13, that Ventura County officials recovered Naya’s body from Lake Piru. A news conference to address the matter is forthcoming where further details will be revealed. She is now the third person from Glee to have passed in recent years after Cory Monteith & Mark Salling



Naya Rivera, who first rose to fame over a decade ago on the FOX series Glee, has gone missing and is presumed dead.

The 33-year-old vanished from Lake Piru on Wednesday evening, July 8. Ventura County Sheriff’s Office revealed that search efforts will resume “at first light” on Thursday and called her situation a possible drowning.

Naya went to the lake earlier that afternoon with her 4-year-old son Josey (who she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). Sheriff Capt. Eric Buschow said that they were both seen going out on the lake together.

Per CNN: “About three hours after they left the dock, another boater discovered a boat drifting with the child asleep onboard. Authorities were notified and they began searching from air and with a dive team.”


“While it was hard to get information, the child said they went swimming but the mother didn’t get back on the boat”, Buschow said. “He said the child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was found on the boat.”

“I still can’t believe what I’m hearing and hoping it isn’t true,” her former publicist Zack Teperman said on social media. “I’m just sad. Naya Rivera was one of the first people I had the honor of working with back in 2009 when I got into public relations and moved to Hollywood. One of the first people to allow me to give her advice and guide her through those crazy Glee days.”

Six days ago she posted the following to her Instagram:

no matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you’re alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised


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