Naya Rivera's body recovered: Hollywood mourns the loss of a progressive actress
After almost six days of searching, authorities recovered Rivera’s body in Lake Piru.
On Wednesday, July 10 Naya Rivera and her four-year-old-son rented a pontoon boat at approximately 1 p.m. When they did not return it to the rental company three hours later, employees from the company went out to search for them.
During the search, they found Rivera’s son in the boat with his life jacket on. He told officials that him and his mom went swimming, and he got back in the boat, but she did not.
On July 13, California authorities announced they were confident that the body recovered from Lake Piru was that of Naya Rivera. The extensive search took six days.
Rivera was found in the northeastern portion of Lake Piru floating near the surface, according to Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub. He also mentioned he believed her body was in that area the entire time, but had been concealed by debris and shrubbery.
Though there is no indication of foul play according to Ayub, the body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office where an autopsy is going to be performed.
Since then, there was a petition created to get more warning signs put up around the lake. It has received more than 32,000 signatures. Since the mid 90’s, nine people have gone missing in the murky waters of the lake.
Rivera’s tragic accident is a consequence of not having signs, local residents said in a petition.
“Lake Piru is a very deep lake with very bad whirlpools, people have been asking for years for the city to put up warning signs for swimmers. Locals of Ventura County don’t go to Lake Piru for this reason! Tourists have no idea what they’re getting into,” they wrote.
Rivera is best known for her role on Glee as Santana. She represented the LGBTQ+ community during a time where there was still not a lot of representation
Her family, her friends, and her coworkers have all shared their grief over the loss of a great person in their lives.
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. Sending all my love to her wonderful family and her beautiful son.
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