Fans are asking others not to share clips of Naya Rivera singing 'If I Die Young' as videos of the star's 'Glee' performances go viral
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.
Naya Rivera's former costars sent the actress their love up until the very end.
Heather Morris and other Glee cast members were seen gathered together at Lake Piru on Monday, just hours before Rivera's body was found.
"Some of her cast members from Glee came to the lake and they were allowed to come down to the water's edge, and they, as a group, they prayed for her," Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Donoghue tells PEOPLE.
In footage captured by ABC 7, Morris, 33, who played Rivera's love interest on the musical comedy series, and several others were spotted holding hands as they looked out onto the body of water.
Naya Rivera 'Mustered Enough Energy' to Get Son on Boat but 'Not Enough to Save Herself': Police
Naya Rivera's 4-year-old son Josey "told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub told reportersOn Monday, the former Glee star's body was found five days after she went missing during a boating trip at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son, Josey, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.
"And it was shortly after that, that her body was located," Donoghue says.
On Monday, authorities found Rivera's body. The actress had gone missing during a boat outing with her 4-year-old son, Josey, at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, last week. She was 33.
Authorities said Monday that they believe Rivera died saving Josey.
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"We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference. "It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water."
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"It's just a nightmare. Although he wasn't with Naya, it's Josey's mom. Josey needs his mom," a source tells PEOPLE about Naya Rivera's ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey“Ryan has barely slept,” a source says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “It’s just a nightmare. Although he wasn’t with Naya, it’s Josey’s mom. Josey needs his mom.
"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," Ayub said.
The discovery came on the seventh anniversary of Glee star Cory Monteith's death due to a “mixed drug toxicity” of heroin and alcohol. He was 31.
"I'm not religious by any means, but you'd be hard-pressed to convince me that Cory didn't help find our girl today. These 2, in many ways, were the male and female versions of one another," Kevin McHale, who played Artie Abrams on Glee, wrote on Twitter. "So nice, cared deeply, were stupidly talented, the most fun, and really really good people."
Costar Lea Michele, who was dating Monteith at the time of his death, shared black-and-white portraits of him and Rivera to her Instagram Story.
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‘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.
"She was bold," wrote Criss, 33, in a lengthy Instagram tribute to Rivera. "She was outrageous. She was a LOT of fun."
"Naya made me laugh 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 humor never ceased to bring a smile to my face," Criss continued, saying the actress was in a "class of her own."
"Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were," tweeted Jane Lynch, who played cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox musical comedy. "Love and peace to your family."
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.
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And Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel, posted a lengthy caption alongside an Instagram photo of the pair.
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"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?" he wrote. "If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can't. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly."
He continued: "She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be. Sending all my love to her wonderful family and her beautiful son."
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Cory Monteith’s Mom Speaks Out After Naya Rivera's Death: He 'Adored' Her .
Cory Monteith’s Mom Speaks Out After Naya Rivera's Death: He 'Adored' Her“For the last 7 years the 13th of July has shattered our hearts beyond repair,” a post shared by the official Instagram account for Monteith’s legacy on Tuesday, July 14, reads. “There aren’t enough words to describe the pain we are feeling, we are truly heartbroken at the loss of @nayarivera.