‘Glee’ Actress Naya Rivera Presumed Dead; Recovery Tactics At Lake Shift – Update
UPDATE, Saturday, 11 AM: The Ventura County Sheriffs Department is continuing its search today for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru. The murky and debris-strewn lake has made recovery efforts difficult for the search teams. The Tulare County Sheriffs and San Luis Obispo Sheriffs are also participating in the search for Rivera, who is presumed dead after diving off a boat into Lake Piru and never resurfacing.
Despite working with her on multiple television projects, Adam Shankman is remembering Naya Rivera's biggest role as Mom.
On Monday night — hours after the actress's body was recovered from Lake Piru in California, following her disappearance five days previous — the director, producer and choreographer, 55, shared a video tribute to Rivera, who died at the age of 33.
The 1-minute clip sees Rivera and her only child, 4½-year-old Josey Hollis, singing the "Skinnamarink" song, made popular by kids' musical trio Sharon, Lois & Bram on The Elephant Show in the 1980s.
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Naya Rivera was reported missing on Wednesday after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a boat on a California lakeThe star was reported missing Wednesday after a trip to Lake Peru in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son Josey (whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). Five days later, police recovered her body from the lake. She was 33.
"All right, you want to sing it? You start," Rivera addresses Josey in the footage, before launching into the song with her little boy.
"I love you in the morning, and in the afternoon / I love you in the evening, and underneath the moon," they sing, before the video ends with the star kissing her son.
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"Her playful, wicked sense of humor never ceased to bring a smile to my face," the actor wrote in an Instagram tribute"She was bold," wrote Criss, 33, in a lengthy Instagram tribute to Rivera, 33, with whom he starred on Glee. "She was outrageous. She was a LOT of fun.
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Before sharing the video, Shankman — who worked with Rivera on Gleeand, more recently, on Step Up: High Water — posted a black-and-white photo of himself with the actress to his Instagram Story.
"I love you buddy ... I always will. My heart is broken," he wrote on top of it. "But I promise, all I will remember is the laughter and talks ... and more laughter. I don't know how to say goodbye.
Alongside another photo of the pair shared to his feed, Shankman said, "Naya ... I don't know how to write this or what to say, other then thank you for being my friend. Thank you for showing up for me personally and professionally over and over and sharing so much laughter and so much heartbreak. But you always showed up. I keep pouring through the pictures of our years together, and all we seemed to do was laugh."
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Demi Lovato appeared in the show's fifth season as Dani, who had a short-lived romantic relationship with Naya Rivera's Santana LopezThe "I Love Me" songstress, 27, is looking back on the time she spent as a guest star on Glee, sharing that she will "forever cherish" her role as Rivera's girlfriend on the hit FOX television series.
"Unending, hearty, belly laughing. From glee where we bonded so quickly over me painting your head black and covering you in blood red lipstick to play 'the lips' in The Rocky Horror Glee show (as of last week we were still laughing about that insanity), to you saying yes to starring in @stepupseries at first as a favor and then becoming the mother of that whole cast and crew who loved and worshiped you. You were that shows North Star."
"And you always showed up. For every charity ask. You attended, have performed. You always showed up," Shankman continued. "And sweet sweet Josey. The love of your life. You were one of the most ferocious and loving mothers I have ever seen and that’s what Josey will remember. That, how beautiful you were, how kind and fun, and how much you laughed. I miss you mama. I miss you too much. But all I can remember now, is the laughing. So as is sift through these ridiculous pictures, I promise you that I will be laughing not crying, just like always."
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On Monday, the Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up author's body was found five days after she went missing during a boating trip at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, with Josey, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub recounted what Josey told authorities about the tragic accident.
"We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind," the sheriff said. "He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water."
Ayub added that "there are a lot of currents on the lake that appear particularly in the afternoon" and that authorities believe she disappeared in the "mid-afternoon."
"The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored, and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself," he said.
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Since her death, fans have been sharing videos of her best performances as Santana Lopez on "Glee," from her cover of "Songbird" to "Back to Black."On Monday, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the 33-year-old actress was found dead in Lake Piru, California, five days after she went missing.
Rivera was reported missing after renting a pontoon boat at the lake with Josey. After the boat was overdue for return following the three-hour rental, staff at the lake found it at the north side of the body of water with her son aboard, but not Rivera.
According to NBC Los Angeles, Josey was wearing his lifejacket when he was found asleep on the vessel. An adult lifejacket, believed to be the one provided to Rivera, was still on the boat. The police said the lake would remain closed to the public for the duration of the search — which had shifted to a mission to recover Rivera's body by the following morning, as police had presumed her to be dead.
After the actress went missing, Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Buschow told the Los Angeles Times that Josey was "in good health" after being found, adding, "The family is going through a very traumatic time right now."
Rivera's last post on Instagram was a close-up snapshot of her and her little boy sharing a sweet embrace and a smooch, shared one day before her disappearance. "Just the two of us," she captioned it.
Following her disappearance, a source told PEOPLE in part of Rivera, "Her son comes first. That's apparent in everything she's posted and done. Everything is about her son."
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"To have a friend like her, even briefly, is to be blessed beyond belief," Chris Colfer wroteThe actor wrote a heartwarming essay for Variety, honoring Rivera for always making him "feel protected" while the two worked together on Glee, despite their constant sparring as their show characters Kurt Hummel and Santana Lopez.