In one of the sweetest tributes since Naya’s body was discovered in Lake Piru, the musical bosses have stepped in to make sure the star’s son is well looked after.
When Naya Rivera’s body was tragically found in Lake Piru after she went missing following a day out swimming with her son, tributes from her Glee castmates came flooding through.
Now, her heartbroken colleagues have taken steps to ensure Naya’s four-year-old son Josey is well looked after following the devastating loss of his mother.
In possibly one of the sweetest tributes we’ve seen for the star, creators of the much-loved musical series, where Naya played the role of cheerleader Santana Lopez, have announced they will be setting up a college tuition fund for the youngster.
Naya and her son Josey. Image: Supplied
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Looking after Naya’s young son
Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan revealed they’re in the process of gathering funds.
“The three of us are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all,” they shared in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
The men also remembered Naya as a “warm, caring and fiercely protective of the rest of the cast” and displayed a “rare combination of humility and endless confidence in her talent.”
Naya’s search went on for five days. Images: Supplied
Watch the chilling CCTV footage of Naya boarding the boat with her son and read the beautiful tributes from her Glee co-stars.
Recovery mission over
California police confirmed they recovered the body of Naya on July 14th after the 33-year-old actress and mother vanished last week after she rented a boat with her son.
It has been reported that the star tragically drowned after possibly getting caught in the lake’s strong currents and managed to push her son back onto the boat safely before she was unable to save herself.
According to the coroner’s report, no drugs or alcohol played a part in her death.
Following the five days of searching, Naya’s family released a statement expressing their heartbreak and gratitude to all those who have helped during this difficult time.
“We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her,” the family said.
“Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support. Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”