This week, it was confirmed that Glee actress, Naya Rivera, had tragically drowned after her 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat she had hired.
The tributes have been flooding in ever since, but now, the creators of the show that catapulted the actress to stardom, have come forward with an incredibly generous offer for her son.
Keep scrolling for the full story...
Last week, we woke to the tragic news of Naya Rivera's disappearance.
via: GettyThe thirty-three-year-old actress was confirmed as missing, with officials presuming her dead. This week, a body was found and, yesterday, it was tragically confirmed to be that of Rivera's.
It is utterly tragic news...
via: GettyAnd, to make this situation even worse, her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone at the scene of her disappearance.
Most of you will recognize Rivera from her role in the hit 2009 musical series, Glee.
via: GettyThe actress portrayed the role of the sharp-witted cheerleader, Santana Lopez.
Santana, who initially came across as cold-hearted and vicious, became a prominent character in the series...
via: IMDBAnd she went on to appear in most episodes across all of the 6 seasons.
Following on from her Glee success, Rivera ventured into the world of music.
via: GettyIn 2011, it was announced that the actress had signed a deal with Colombia Records to produce a solo album, and her debut single, "Sorry" featured the rapper, Big Sean, who she went on to have a brief romance with.
Sadly, her music career never really took off...
via: GettySo instead, Rivera resorted back to her skills as an actress and went on to appear in a handful of different movies and TV series, including At The Devil's Door and Devious Maids.
But, in more recent years, Rivera had been focusing on something else...
Despite her divorce from Josey's father in 2018, Rivera had agreed to joint custody...
Just one day before her disappearance, the actress posted this photo.
However, just hours after her heartwarming post, tragedy struck.
via: GettyWhile out vacationing with Josey along California's Lake Piru, Rivera went missing.
The actress had rented a pontoon boat on Wednesday afternoon...
via: GettyBut, 3 hours later, another boater raised the alarm after seeing the vessel drifting and Josey sleeping alone on board. The child was reportedly unharmed.
Upon arrival, the police found Rivera's car parked nearby...
via: KCal9And her lifejacket still onboard the boat.
It was assumed that Rivera and her son had been swimming in the lake...
via: KCal9The police since confirmed that "this may well be a case of drowning."
Divers and helicopters were scouring the reservoir until darkness fell...
The missing person at Lake Puru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR operation will continue… https://t.co/3VUwcuhuru— Ventura County Sheriff (@Ventura County Sheriff)1594273193.0
The search proved to be difficult.
via: KCal9“There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility," Captain Eric Buschow, of the sheriff’s department, said on Thursday. “I don’t have details yet as to the depth of the area where the boat was found or what conditions they’re encountering out there."
Since the news broke, horrified and heartbroken fans took to social media to pay tribute...
I cannot even imagine what Naya Rivera’s son is going to go through if she isn’t found. Speaking from experience, y… https://t.co/mp6gj3CVNj— nico eloise 🏳️🌈♿️💀💄 (@nico eloise 🏳️🌈♿️💀💄)1594288753.0
Further details about her child's experience were released shortly afterward...
Josey's chilling words upon his rescue were released on Thursday, hours after her disappearance.TMZ, Rivera’s son had told the authorities that his mom had "jumped into the water but didn't come back up."
Yesterday, a body was found...press conference confirmed that the body, which was found floating in the lake following a 6-day search, was that of Naya Rivera's.
And, according to reports, Rivera's autopsy is already complete.
via: GettyOfficials say that she died by drowning. They also said: "There is no indication from the investigation or examination that drugs or alcohol played a role in the decedent’s death, but specimens will be submitted for toxicology testing."
Shortly following from the tragic discovery, Rivera's fellow Glee cast members joined together at Lake Piru in remembrance of their friends.
This photo of the cast of #Glee gathering together at Lake Piru today where #NayaRivera’s body was found is incredi… https://t.co/n1lf2qMtQU— Dave Quinn (@Dave Quinn)1594668192.0
Monteith, who played the lead role of Finn on the series, tragically died on July 13th, 2013.
via: GettyAged thirty-one, the actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room after accidentally overdosing on a mixture of alcohol and heroin.
The coincidence of these dates is simply staggering.
via: GettyThe pair were firm friends, so for her body to be found exactly 7 years on from his untimely death is incredibly eerie.
Their Glee costar, Kevin McHale, weighed in on the coincidence...
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.… https://t.co/jwhLnkOErA— Kevin McHale (@Kevin McHale)1594697311.0
And now, the show's creators have weighed in on the devastating situation...
via: GettyAnd they have announced that they will be taking care of little Josey's future.
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan yesterday announced their plans to set up a college fund for Josey.
via: GettyIn a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, they said: "The 3 of us are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all."
They also took a moment to remember Rivera in their statement.
via: Getty"Naya could act, she could dance, and she could sing (could she ever sing!) She could nail a joke as well as she could crush you with an emotional scene. She could move between being scary tough and deeply vulnerable with ease. She was a joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around."