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Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and More Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute to Naya Rivera

The 'Glee' actress' life and career were celebrated by former co-stars and stars such as Mandy Moore, Viola Davis and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Naya Rivera's body was recovered on the seven-year anniversary of Glee star Cory Monteith, who died on July 13, 2013 from a drug overdose

The ' Glee ' actress' life and career were celebrated by former co-stars and stars such as Mandy Moore, Viola Davis and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

A body wasMonday at Lake Piru in Southern California, the site where Glee actress went missing last Wednesday while boating with her 4-year-old son. Divers recovered the body around 9:30 a.m. floating on the surface of the water, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. 

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Sheriff Ayub confirmed the body recovered was that of Rivera's during a Monday press conference. "Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans during this difficult time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death," they

tweeted. Rivera's four-year-old son told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake, and she helped him get back in the boat, but saw Rivera disappear under the surface of the water. Rivera's son, whose father is Ryan Dorsey, was reported to be unharmed. 

Following the news, Hollywood figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actress, whose career broke out in 2009 on Ryan Murphy's mega-hit Fox musical dramedy Glee playing snarky cheerleader Santana Lopez. Following her role on the musical comedy-drama series, Rivera had a recurring role on the Lifetime drama series 

Devious Maids. She most recently starred opposite Ne-Yo on the TV update of Step Up, which recently moved from its former home at YouTube to premium cable network Starz for its second season. A body presumed to be Rivera's was recovered on the seven-year anniversary of 

Glee star Cory Monteith, who died on July 13, 2013 from a drug overdose. "Naya Rivera was a fierce talent with so much more to do and this is such a terrible tragedy. We are forever grateful for the indelible contribution she made toGlee,

from the first episode to the last. Our hearts are broken and our thoughts go out to Naya’s family, friends and young son," 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment, which producedGlee, said of Rivera in a statement sent toTHR. "Our hearts go out to Naya Rivera’s family, especially her young child, in response to the tragic news of her passing," Starz and Lionsgate said in a statement. "She was a vibrant and luminous talent who will always remain a very special part of our

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Step Upfamily. Her remarkable contributions to our industry created a lasting memory that will be carried forward by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her."Jane Lynch, who starred alongside Rivera onGleeas Sue Sylvester, paid tribute to the actress on Twitter writing, "Rest Sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family." 

Chris Colfer, who starred inGleeInstagram: "How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be." 

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I’m devastated. I am sirtting here watching the wedding episode of Santana and Brittany and crying my eyes out. Naya was and always will be my favourite on Glee and I can’t believe that a person so talented, beautiful and kind is gone. She will forever be missed. I'm surprised Gweneth even remembered who Naya was as she rarely seems to remember any of her colleagues.

💔💞 I remember seeing her for the first time on Glee. I had the biggest crush.😥 Holywood needs some fresh stars like me. Note to self: always go boating w another adult 💔😓 I love you NayaRivera RIPNaya 💔🥀☄️See you on the other side!!! Sorry to hear this! She was a hero! ❤ May both rest in peace 🥺😢💔🙏🏻😭🕊

Sad and tragic poor kid Rip

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Naya Rivera's 'Glee' Costars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and More Pay Tribute to Her'Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind,' Chris wrote. Naya Rivera, so famous for Glee co-sing and now drowning to dead remaining his only four-year-old son. Does any one feel it is so strange or not for her death?

Naya Rivera's Glee Costars, More Hollywood Fans and Friends Pay Tribute After Her Death“What a force you were,” said Jane Lynch – while another costar gave today’s date the finger, as it’s also the anniversary of Cory Monteith’s death (via toofab) TooFab Rest In Peace 🙏 TooFab TooFab What a waste! I never got to sleep with her!

Naya Rivera Dead at 33: Chris Colfer and More Glee Stars Pay Tribute - E! Online'Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark.' —Chris Colfer and more Glee stars honor Naya Rivera. ❤️ Times like this I would definitely want to know why !! OMG How did she die? Lifejackets whenever you are on a boat on the water alone. NayaRivera

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