UPDATED! Naya Rivera’s body was recovered from Lake Piru this morning.
Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez, a singing cheerleader on Glee is presumed dead after renting a boat with her four year old son on Lake Piru in Ventura county. She rented a pontoon boat at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, and planned to go swimming with her son. Another boater discovered the boy on the north end of the lake asleep on the boat in a life vest. In TMZ’s version of the story they claim the kid said his mom jumped in the water and didn’t come back up.
I wasn’t going to post about this at all, because it’s so sad. But I had so many unanswered questions. At first I wondered How they knew who was on the boat. I discovered that he identification was found on the boat. But my main question was why would she jump into water that only has 5-9 inches of visibility and leave the boy on the boat? That seems crazy to me. The boy is safe and healthy and with his father.
Also, this is the third Glee cast member to die young. Mark Salling, killed himself in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. Cory Monteith, died at 31 in 2013 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin.
The recovery mission ended at dark last night and began again at dawn this morning with multiple agencies searching the lake and shoreline.