Naya Rivera’s Heartbreaking Last Photo Before Her Disappearance
At the time of this video, rescue efforts remain ongoing for actress Naya Rivera, who went missing on July 8, 2020, after renting a pontoon boat for an outing with her four-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, at Lake Piru in California.
“The boy told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming, but she did not get back on the rented pontoon.”
Josey was discovered sleeping on the boat, safe and sound, three hours after the two were seen embarking on the water in the late afternoon. However, Rivera has yet to be found by Ventura County authorities, and is presumed to have drowned. Details will continue to emerge as search teams coordinate all attempts to locate Rivera, and our hearts go out to everyone looking for answers.
Best known for her role as Santana Lopez throughout all six seasons of the musical comedy Glee, Rivera co-parents young Josey with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey. She has publicly stated on many occasions that she considers her relationship with her son her greatest source of love and joy. And this bond between mother and child has come to the forefront in the form of Rivera’s final posts shared on social media just days before she disappeared.
Before vanishing at Lake Piru on July 8, 2020, Naya Rivera took to social media to express her love for her young son, Josey. Consequently, many of the actress’ fans have now interpreted one particular post as a haunting refrain in the wake of her disappearance.
On July 2, the performer uploaded a selfie to her official Instagram account pairing it with a caption containing what many have interpreted as an almost prophetic last message to her fans. Rivera captioned the post,
“No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you’re alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. Tomorrow is not promised.”
However, it’s Rivera’s very last social media post before going missing that has left fans reeling in the wake of an unforeseeable potential tragedy.
As the news of Naya Rivera’s disappearance broke, many fans began to zero in on her very last social media post before going missing, which was shared on both her Twitter and Instagram accounts: a sweet photo of the actress with her four-year-old son Josey. Captioned with, quote, “Just the two of us,” it was uploaded only one day before the fateful mother-son boat trip.
As Naya Rivera was quick to point out after the birth of her son, Josey Dorsey, in 2015, the relationship between this mother-of-one and her four-year-old child was deeply important to her. She told Cosmopolitan,
“It’s a love never found anywhere or with anyone else.”
She went on to say that their relationship taught her to be a selfless and much more observant person.
Though Rivera consistently worked after her breakout role in Glee, appearing in the show Devious Maids and starring in the Starz television reboot of the Step Up movie franchise, her bond with her son even eclipsed her love for acting. She told Entertainment Tonight in 2016,
“I’m a mom now, and what I love more than acting is being Josey’s mom. So, I want to be here for him. And I don’t want to miss anything. I’m going to navigate the right way to do that.”
Calling Josey “my greatest success” in her 2016 tell-all memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, Rivera added, quote, “I will never do any better than him.” While promoting the book with Mini Magazine, Rivera went as far as to call the project a type of concrete legacy for her son, saying
“I hope he would take away that growing up has its challenges, but behind every cloud is a silver lining.”