Naya Rivera’s family has paid tribute to her on the one-year anniversary of her death. The Glee star died on July 8, 2020, aged 33 during a boating visit to a Southern California lake. Her body was discovered on July 13, days after she went missing on Lake Piru, where she had been boating together with her then four-year-old son Josey. Rivera’s younger sister Nickayla told morning America that what keeps their family going is taking things ‘one day at a time. And taking that at some point at a time and living it to the fullest, loving one another to the fullest, and not regretting anything,’ she added.
‘Because I do know if we could return, we’d hug a touch bit harder.’ Rivera’s younger brother Mychal told the US chat show: ‘One year without you, one year closer to once we will meet you again. ‘Your endless energy lives on. May you still rest so graciously, Naya.’ Her mother Yolanda Previtire said the family is ‘afraid of the sorrow being so heavy that we’re afraid for our own self because this is often hard’. She said: ‘There are not any words to explain what we’re browsing. All we all know is we’ve one another .’
Yolanda also reflected on the ‘beautiful morning’ when she spoke to Rivera for the last time. She said: ‘I missed two of her FaceTime calls, and that I called her back. and that we had a gorgeous conversation. The sun was kissing her face and she or he was just beautiful. ‘She had a white, beautiful swimming suit on, and she or he was glowing.’ Yolanda said that she took screenshots of the FaceTime call, and was ready to share these photos with the rescue team to assist with the search. She also praised her daughter’s ‘impeccable’ work ethic, adding: ‘She had this cool swag about her.’ Rivera was best known for enjoying high school cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee.
Her former co-stars also paid tribute yesterday as they remembered their late friend, with Heather Morris – who played Santana’s girlfriend Brittany on the show – writing on social media: ‘You are the brightest star in my eyes Naya Rivera. I’m so grateful GOD LAYED A HAND and brought us together as best friends, mum friends, scene partners, and everything in between. ‘Your legacy lives on in kindness and being “that sassy queen” in my eyes. I really like you forever bebe girl Heather also got a tattoo of the phrase ‘tomorrow isn’t promised, which was one among Rivera’s final tweets.
Kevin McHale, who played Artie, shared an image of Rivera and wrote: ‘I miss you. Every single day, while Jenna Ushkowitz said the actress was ‘always a light-weight, always with us. Matthew Morrison, who played Mr. Shue, and Chris Colfer, who played Kurt, also shared pictures of Rivera with heart emojis to their Instagram pages. Rivera is survived by her parents and siblings and her son Josey, five, who she shared together with her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey. Her sister Nickayla has since moved in with Ryan to assist raise her nephew.