Costars, fans, and friends are writing their condolences and tributes to Naya Rivera after the actress was found dead, five days after she went missing. On Monday afternoon, police held a news conference at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, confirming Rivera's body had been found in the lake.
Several of her Glee co-stars posted tributes on Twitter, including Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Matthew Morrison, Kevin McHale, and more. The touching posts included several stories about how talented and kind Rivera was and how her loss will be felt forever.
"I cannot make sense of this tremendous loss. I will hold onto her and these memories for the rest of time, alongside our Glee family," Agron wrote in her post. "I’m thankful for all the ways in which she made me a better person. She taught me how to advocate for myself and to speak up for the things and people that were important to me, always. I’m thankful for the times I grew an ab muscle from laughing so hard at something she said. I’m thankful she became like family," McHale wrote in his.
Below, see all of the Glee cast tributes plus more from other celebrities and friends.
Thank you for what you gave the world. I love you. pic.twitter.com/CFNmwgtSva— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 13, 2020
Now more than ever we must lift her family and friends up especially Josey! My heart is sent to them... Josey you are truly loved by every single person who loves your mommy! I love you Naya!— Alex Newell (@thealexnewell) July 13, 2020
Prayers for Naya Rivera's family. Man....can we have a "Do Over " of 2020. The loss is too much 💔💔🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/63iNdRikv5— Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 13, 2020
This is absolutely heartbreaking. Sending love and holding space for her son and loved ones. https://t.co/7RkKnj4xU7— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) July 13, 2020
Naya brought so much joy to our lives. She had the sharpest wit, the slyest smile, a compassion for people from all walks of life, and a talent that knew no bounds. My deepest condolences to her family, friends, co-workers, and fans around the world. We love you so much, Naya.— Michael Hitchcock (@hitchmichael) July 13, 2020
I was a newcomer to acting. She was the real deal and every scene we did together she was a mixture of terrifying and hilarious. A brilliant combo. Great, but really sad memories. https://t.co/0W8NisNDNB— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) July 14, 2020
RIP Naya Rivera. I’ll forever cherish the opportunity to play your girlfriend on Glee. The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted (at the time) queer girls like me, and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world. pic.twitter.com/oCML03M9Kw— Team Demi (@ddlovato) July 14, 2020
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) July 13, 2020
Rip Naya.. sleep peacefully in heaven 💔 pic.twitter.com/ZLSitdkMtv— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) July 13, 2020
the reason songbird by fleetwood mac is one of my favorite songs ever is because of the glee soundtrack version. she transformed it. 🙏🏼 Rest Easy Naya Rivera— Kehlani (@Kehlani) July 13, 2020
God cover and hold her loved ones!
I'll never be able to articulate the importance of seeing Naya, a Black Puerto Rican, portraying a queer Afro-Latina on primetime TV. I'm heartbroken over all the stories that will remain untold. #RIPNayaRivera pic.twitter.com/UGq2rDwWay— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) July 13, 2020
This is an absolute nightmare. I had the pleasure of having dinner with her once after a recording session we did together and she was an absolute sweetheart. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I hope I’m lucky enough to meet you up in heaven. Rest In Peace Naya Rivera— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) July 13, 2020
Rivera, 33, was reported missing last Wednesday after she went on a boat ride with her four-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, who she shares with ex Ryan Dorsey.
At the time, it was reported she had rented a boat on Lake Piru and another boater found her son alone on the boat wearing his life jacket. As the ongoing search for her went on, authorities said last Thursday that she was presumed dead and the search became a "recovery mission."