Last week, it was confirmed that Naya Rivera had tragically drowned while out vacationing with her 4-year-old son.

Ever since the devastating news broke, tributes have been flooding in for the actress from heartbroken fans, friends, and family members.

But now, Rivera's ex-fiance, Big Sean, has finally broken his silence to pay tribute, and what he had to say was beautiful.

 

On July 8th, we woke to the tragic news of Naya Rivera's disappearance.

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The thirty-three-year-old actress was confirmed as missing, with officials presuming her dead.

The new shocked the world...

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And, to make the situation even worse, her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone at the scene of her disappearance.

Rivera was best recognized from her role in the hit 2009 musical series, Glee.

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The actress portrayed the role of the sharp-witted cheerleader, Santana Lopez. She also went on to star in a number of other hit shows and movies, such as Devious Maids and Step Up.

But, in more recent years, Rivera had put her acting career to one side...

And had thrown herself into motherhood. With her now ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, Rivera had a son, Josey, in 2015, and he had been the apple of her eye ever since.

Despite her divorce from Josey's father in 2018, Rivera had agreed to joint custody...

And she threw herself into motherhood, devoting most of her time to raising her son.

Just one day before her disappearance, the actress posted this photo.

The post shows a tender moment between her and her son, alongside the caption, "Just the two of us." Her 1.9 million followers immediately praised the sweet mother-son moment, and it only spurred the feeling of desperation further.

However, just hours after her heartwarming post, tragedy struck.

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While out vacationing with Josey along California's Lake Piru, July 8th, Rivera went missing.

The actress had rented a pontoon boat...

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But, 3 hours later, another boater raised the alarm after seeing the vessel drifting and Josey sleeping alone on board. The child was unharmed.

Upon arrival, the police found Rivera's car parked nearby...

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And her lifejacket still onboard the boat.

Divers and helicopters were scouring the reservoir until darkness fell...

But at that point, no trace of Rivera was found.

The search proved to be difficult.

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“There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility," Captain Eric Buschow, of the sheriff’s department, said the day after her disappearance. “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."

Further details about her child's experience came to light in the hours following her disappearance...

And they were utterly horrifying.

Josey's chilling words upon his rescue were released the next day.

According to TMZ, Rivera’s son had told the authorities that his mom had "jumped into the water but didn't come back up."

This was a devastating development...

And, on the following Monday, her body was discovered. A press conference confirmed that the body, which was found floating in the lake following a 6-day search, was that of Naya Rivera's.

Her autopsy was completed shortly after the discovery.

Officials say 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."

People were devastated by the news.

And friends and former costars of the actress quickly took to Twitter to share their remorse and condolences.

Shortly following from the tragic discovery, Rivera's fellow Glee cast members even joined together at Lake Piru...

To make this photograph even more heartwrenching, the day in which her body was found was the 7th anniversary of the death of Cory Monteith.

Rivera's family also issued a heartfelt statement.

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The statement, which was released by Rivera’s rep, Gladys Gonzalez, on behalf of the grieving family, reads: "We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey, and our family over the past week."

It continued:

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"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."

Her family then stressed their gratefulness to the authorities for their exhaustive search throughout the last week...

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"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."

And now, the latest person to pay tribute is her ex-fiance, Big Sean.

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The rapper and songwriter started dating Rivera back in 2013 after they met when recording for her debut single, "Sorry."

After 6 months of romance, the pair got engaged in October 2013...

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But, sadly, it wasn't to be. They called off their engagement the following April in what Rivera had described as a "hurtful" breakup.

Since her death, Big Sean has remained relatively silent...

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And fans have been speculating as to whether he would pay tribute to his ex, considering their turbulent breakup.

But now, he has spoken out.

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Taking to Instagram, the rapper shared a series of photos of Rivera, alongside the heartfelt caption: "Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul! Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence. you are a hero! Not just because of how you saved your son, also because of the barriers you knocked down for so many people to make them feel confident in themselves and to stand tall and be proud when they couldn’t achieve that on their own."

The post continued:

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"I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us for making me wiser and a better person. I’m still grieving and in shock, I can’t believe this is real. I’m praying for you and your family and I know your watching over them and protecting them. Rest In Peace Naya."

You can see his full post here.

What a beautiful tribute.

Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this unimaginable time.

Rest in peace, Naya Rivera. 2020 has been an incredibly sad year so far. For tributes to  all the celebs we've sadly lost this year, scroll on...