NAYA Rivera’s sister Nickayla has shared an emotional tribute to the Glee star following her tragic death from drowning.
The model said her “world is turned upside down” at the loss of her older sibling.
Naya, 33, “drowned” while “saving” her four-year-old son, Josey, at California’s Lake Piru.
Her body was found on Monday July 13, after a five-day search.
Alongside a black and white picture of Naya and herself when they were younger, Nickayla wrote: “Sister,
“There are no words to describe my love for you.
“Side by side or miles apart, our connection is infinite. Our bond is unbreakable.
“We were complete opposites, yet simultaneously the same.
“The yin to my yang. I never knew that by losing you, I would find so much of you in myself.”
The 25-year-old continued: “I’ve never known a life without you in it & still can’t imagine it.
“My world is turned upside down. But through it all, everything we were, we are still.
“I’ll always look at you with the same eyes as I did when I was young.
“My shmaya, I’ll love you for eternity & miss you every second of my life.”
Naya rose to fame playing Santana Lopez on Glee.
Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Naya’s identity using dental records.
Speaking at a news conference, Ayub said Naya’s body was found in the northeastern portion of the lake – which is 60 ft deep – and an “empty canyon” of growth.
“We believe she was concealed within some of the shrubbery on the floor bed of the lake,” Ayub said, adding that investigators didn’t believe any foul play was involved.
Josey told police his mother “boosted him onto the deck of their rental boat from behind” before he “saw her disappear under the surface of the water” after they had climbed off the back of the boat and gone swimming.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said that Naya “must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself.”
Josey was found asleep in his life jacket on their pontoon, but there was no trace of the actress.
Naya shared joint custody of Josey with ex husband Ryan Dorsey – they were married from 2014 to 2018.
On Saturday the actor took to Instagram to break his silence on her death and said he would “always love” Naya and was grateful they were brought together to create the “sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for”.