NAYA Rivera’s Glee co-stars and ex-fiancé Big Sean have paid tribute to the actress with emotional messages as she’s presumed dead after going missing on a lake.
Naya’s four-year-old son Josey was found alone and asleep on a boat at Lake Piru with sources telling TMZ he said that his mother had “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up”.
It happened at 5pm on Wednesday in Southern California and divers searching the lake until nightfall were unable to find Naya’s body.
The local Sheriff has said the star is “presumed dead”, and her former co-stars have lead the online reaction to her disappearance.
Naya played Santana Lopez in the musical TV series between 2009 and 2015.
Taking to social media earlier this morning, fellow Glee actor Harry Shum Jr., who played Mike Chang, simply wrote: “Praying”.
Principal Figgins’ actor Iqbal Theba shared a link to a news article about his friend, adding: “Oh God… mercy… please…”
Heather Morris, who starred as Brittany S. Pierce, wrote on Instagram: “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us.
“We need your love and light.”
Vanessa Lengies, who had a recurring role in the third season of the show, wrote: “I love her. I love you. Holding you tight.”
Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera. 🙏🙏
We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short. pic.twitter.com/8fRDuuh3oK
Dave Karofsky actor Max Adler tweeted praying emojis, with actress Tracie Thomas doing the same alongside the comment “Oh my God….” as she shared an article about Naya being missing.
Naya was originally a child star, shooting to fame aged four in CBS sitcom The Royal Family.
Actress Jackee Harry shared a short video of the star as a little girl in the series, writing: “Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera. 🙏🙏
“We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since.
“Please God, don’t cut this life short.”
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Big Sean – who Naya dated and got engaged to in 2013 before a 2014 split – has liked a string of tweets about his ex’s disappearance.
While the rapper is yet to publicly comment on the tragedy, he has been active in liking social media messages praying for her safe return – and encouraging the search to continue overnight.
One liked tweet reads: “Since they want to suspend the search for Naya Rivera let’s inform them that the world is watching.
“KEEP SEARCHING FOR NAYA RIVERA. HER SON NEEDS HER!!!!!”
US pop star Demi Lovato, meanwhile, has also shared a photo of a burning candle, adding that she is “praying she is found”.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department began searching for a presumed drowning victim after responding to a report of a boy left alone on a boat at around 4.48pm, it said in a press release.
Divers searched the lake until nightfall, but were unable to find the actress.
The search is expected to resume after sunrise in the US today.
Naya’s lifejacket is reported to have still been on the boat when Josey was found asleep.
He is now safe with family members. The boy’s father is Ryan Dorsey – who shares custody of Josey after he and Naya divorced in 2018.
FOX11 in Los Angeles have reported that Naya’s car was found parked close to the boat rental company – with her handbag still inside.
In a haunting final tweet, Naya had shared a photo of herself kissing Josey on social media, adding the caption: “Just the two of us” on Tuesday.
Less than a week ago, the actress said that “tomorrow isn’t promised” when posting a selfie to Instagram.
Posing in a simple white shirt with natural make-up, Naya wrote: “No matter the year, circumstance, or strife’s, every day you’re alive is a blessing.
“Make the most of today and every day you are given. Tomorrow is not promised.”