Naya Rivera, who starred as the beautiful quick-witted cheerleader Santana Lopez on all six seasons of Fox’s Glee, was found dead on Monday after going missing during a boat trip on a California lake, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed. She was 33.
Rivera was reported missing Wednesday after spending the afternoon in the waters of Lake Piru in Ventura County, Calif., in a rented pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey. The young boy was found alone on the drifting boat, and told investigators that he and his mom were swimming together but she never got back into the boat.
Dorsey is Rivera’s only child from her four-year marriage to Ryan Dorsey. The couple divorced in 2018.
The California native got her start in Hollywood at the age of 4, playing Hillary Winson in the 1991 sitcome “The Royal Family.” Rivera guest starred on other shows such as, Family Matters, Baywatch, The Fresh Prince, and Even Stevens. She was only meant to appear in a one-off episode of The Bernie Mac Show in 2002, but that ended up leading her to appear in 10 other episodes of the comedy.
This is such a sad tragedy. Our Prayers go out to Naya’s friends, family, and loved ones.
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