top of page

‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera Dead at 33

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Photo: Getty

According to TMZ and Rolling Stone, Naya Rivera's body has been recovered from Lake Piru.

Ventura County officials said Monday that a body had been found at the lake, and their law enforcement sources have confirmed it is, in fact, her. A press conference sharing the news publicly is forthcoming.

Naya and her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, were swimming in Lake Piru when something terrible happened Wednesday. Josey got back in the boat and when authorities arrived for a check, he told them he and his mom were swimming and he didn't know what happened to her.

Naya made a name for herself as a child actress and model, who appeared in various national TV commercials. Rivera was born on January 12th, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California, just outside of Los Angeles, and began acting as a child.

She scored her first job at age four on Eddie Murphy’s short-lived sitcom,The Royal Family. She spent the next several years picking up guest roles on shows like Family Matters,The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Baywatch and Smart Guy.

Naya's big break came in 2009 when she landed the role of Santana Lopez on the FOX hit series, "Glee." She was a talented singer, signing with Columbia Records in 2011. That same year she was part of the "Glee" ensemble nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Don't Stop Believin'."

Naya Rivera in TV hit show 'Glee'

In 2013, she released a single, "Sorry," featuring Big Sean, whom she dated and was briefly engaged to in 2013, before ending the relationship in 2014.

Naya later dated Josey's father, actor Ryan Dorsey, marrying him in Cabo San Lucas in July 2014. They divorced in 2018 and had been sharing custody of Josey.

She was also no stranger to the big screen making her debut in 2014 in the horror film "At the Devil's Door." She also appeared on Lifetime's "Devious Maids."



bottom of page