‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera missing at California lake
‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera missing.
Actress Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez in the hit TV musical show ‘Glee,’ was missing and feared drowned at Lake Piru, California, authorities said.
How did the authorities respond to her disappearance?
The entertainment industry was hit with sad news on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, as reports emerged that actress Naya Rivera was missing at a lake in California. Rivera, best known for her role as Santana Lopez on the popular musical series “Glee,” was last seen on Wednesday afternoon when she rented a pontoon boat with her four-year-old son at Lake Piru, Ventura County.
Authorities were notified when the actress failed to return the rented boat to the marina, prompting a search and rescue operation. Her son was found alone on the boat, and he revealed to investigators that he and his mother had gone swimming, but she never got back on the boat. The search for Rivera commenced immediately, involving air and water craft, as well as dive teams who scoured the lake’s waters for any sign of the actress.
The incident occurred almost a week after Rivera posted a picture of herself with her son with the caption, “just the two of us.” As the search continued into the night on Wednesday, fans and fellow celebrities took to social media to express their concern and offered their support and prayers for the actress and her family.
Naya Rivera’s career kicked off in the early 2000s when she appeared on various TV shows. She landed her breakthrough role as Santana Lopez on “Glee” in 2009 and remained a regular cast member until the show ended in 2015. The portrayal of Santana Lopez earned her critical acclaim and numerous awards nominations, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
The actress was also known for her role in the horror-comedy “At the Devil’s Door,” and “Devious Maids,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “American Dad!” among others. Rivera was also a singer and released a single, “Sorry,” featuring her then-boyfriend, Big Sean, in 2013. She released a memoir, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up,” in 2016 that chronicled her journey from Hollywood hopeful to television star.
The search for Naya Rivera resumed early Thursday morning, with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirming that it had turned into a recovery mission after ruling out any signs of foul play. Authorities have urged the public to stay away from the lake during the search operation and asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the sheriff’s office.
The entertainment industry has lost another shining star in the face of a tragedy, with fans and fellow celebrities hoping and praying for the safe return of Naya Rivera.