Sad story of how ‘Glee’ Actress Naya Rivera Saved Her Son, But Not Herself

Naya Rivera, 33, mustered enough energy to save her 4-year-old son before she died.

A body discovered at Lake Piru on Monday morning has been identified as the former “Glee” actress, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said during a news conference.

Rivera was presumed dead after she went missing Wednesday.


Rivera and her son had rented a pontoon boat at Lake Piru on Wednesday. Her child told rescuers he and his mother had gone to swim in the water, but she did not get back on the boat. He also told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear beneath the surface of the water.

Her son was found asleep on the rental boat after their return was overdue. The boy was wearing one life jacket while another was found on the boat.

Her body was discovered floating in the northeast area of the lake on Monday, after a six-day search.


The actress is popularly known for her role as Santana Lopez on the Fox show “Glee,” which won critical acclaim after debuting in 2009. She featured in nearly every episode of the musical-comedy-drama, which ended in 2015.

Rivera’s fellow “Glee” cast colleagues Mark Salling and Cory Monteith have also died.

Rivera was also in the comedy film “The Master of Disguise” and on the CBS sitcom “The Royal Family.” She recently starred in the “Step Up” television series, based on the movie franchise.


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