‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera laid to rest

After nearly two weeks since her body was found, ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera was laid to rest on July 24 in Los Angeles.

The 33 year old’s body was found on July 13 at a California lake days after she rented a boat with her 4 year old son Josey. It is believed that the mother of one saved her sons life by gathering enough strength to put him back on the unanchored boat which was drifting away from them after they had gone swimming in the lake but not enough to get herself back to safety.

On July 8, her son was found alone sleeping on the boat where Naya’s purse, wallet and life jacket were also found. According to Ventura County’s Sheriff Bill Ayub, Rivera’s body was spotted by a boat crew “in the northeastern portion of the lake,” where the water was 35 to 60 feet deep. Naya shared custody of Josey with her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.

“Her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind,” Ayub said. “(Her son) told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”

Naya’s family released the statement below:

We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week. While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.

Thank you to the men and women of the Ventura, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Departments for your commitment and unwavering effort to find Naya. We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support.

Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.

Our sincere condolences to Naya’s family, friends and fans.


Source: USA Today

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