Naya Rivera nie żyje. "Jej talent i piękno były nieziemskie" – wspominają aktorkę znajomi z "Glee"

Naya Rivera na zdjęciu z "Glee" (Fot. FOX)

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W wieku 33 lat w wyniku tragicznego wypadku zmarła Naya Rivera. "Jej piękno i talent były nieziemskie", "była moją ulubioną partnerką w duetach" – piszą jej przyjaciele z "Glee".

Naya Rivera, znana jako Santana Lopez z musicalowego serialu "Glee", nie żyje. 33-letnia aktorka i piosenkarka utonęła w jeziorze Piru w Kalifornii w wyniku tragicznego wypadku. Jej ciało zostało odnalezione po pięciu dniach poszukiwań, co potwierdził szeryf hrabstwa Ventura podczas konferencji prasowej.

– Nic nie wskazuje, żeby to było morderstwo, i nic nie wskazuje na samobójstwo. Łączymy się w bólu z licznymi przyjaciółmi Nayi i fanami, którzy wciąż mieli nadzieję – powiedział szeryf Bill Ayub.

W akcji poszukiwawczej brało udział ponad 50 osób, były zaangażowane helikoptery i nurkowie. 8 lipca Naya Rivera wynajęła łódkę, żeby popływać po jeziorze Piru z 4-letnim synem Joseyem. Chłopiec został znaleziony sam w łódce. Akcja ratunkowa trwała pięć dni, przy czym przez ostatnie cztery szukano już ciała aktorki. Mimo to nadziei nie tracili jej przyjaciele – Heather Morris chciała nawet organizować własne poszukiwania w okolicach jeziora, ale władze ją od tego odwiodły.

Glee – aktorzy wspominają zmarłą Nayę Riverę

Naya Rivera rozpoczęła karierę jako dziecko, grała m.in. w sitcomie "The Royal Family". Od 2009 roku znaliśmy ją jako Santanę z "Glee", cheerleaderkę, która stała się bardzo ważną postacią dla społeczności LGBTQ. W 2. sezonie aktorka dostała awans do stałej obsady, a jej występy należały do najlepszych w serialu. Potem pojawiła się w serialu "Devious Maids" w roli Blanki Alvarez, zagrała gościnnie w "American Dad!", wystąpiła też w roli gościnnej sędzi "RuPaul’s Drag Race" oraz w serialu "Step Up: High Water" (miała wrócić w 3. sezonie zamówionym przez Starz).

Jej śmierć to kolejna tragedia w obsadzie "Glee". W lipcu 2013 roku po przedawkowaniu narkotyków zmarł Cory Monteith, serialowy Finn Hudson. Trzy lata później samobójstwo popełnił Mark Salling, po tym jak został oskarżony o posiadanie dziecięcej pornografii.

Social media zalały wspomnienia. "Odpoczywaj słodko, Naya. Byłaś taką siłą. Miłości i pokoju dla twojej rodziny" – pisze Jane Lynch.

"Jej błyskotliwość i humor były niezrównane. Jej piękno i talent były nieziemskie" – wspomina Chris Colfer.

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Amber Riley z kolei zamieściła wideo, w którym Naya i jej syn śpiewają. "Moja ulubiona partnerka z duetów. Kocham cię. Tęsknię za tobą" – pisze serialowa Mercedes.

Aktorkę wspominają także Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Melissa Benoist, Demi Lovato, Alex Newell, Lea Michele (na instastory) i wiele innych osób z obsady "Glee" i nie tylko.

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There are no words and yet so many things I want to say, I don't believe I'll ever be able to articulate exactly what I feel but... Naya, you were a ⚡️ force and everyone who got to be around you knew it and felt the light and joy you exuded when you walked into a room. You shined on stage and screen and radiated with love behind closed doors. I was lucky enough to share so many laughs, martinis and secrets with you. I can not believe I took for granted that you'd always be here. Our friendship went in waves as life happens and we grow, so I will not look back and regret but know I love you and promise to help the legacy of your talent, humor, light and loyalty live on. You are so loved. You deserved the world and we will make sure Josey and your family feel that everyday. I miss you already.

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My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you. • 7 years ago today, she and I were together in London when we found out about Cory. We were so far away, but I was so thankful that we had each other. A week ago today we were talking about running away to Hawaii. This doesn’t make sense. And I know it probably never will. • She was so independent and strong and the idea of her not being here is something I cannot comprehend. She was the single most quick-witted person I’ve ever met, with a steel-trap memory that could recall the most forgettable conversations from a decade ago verbatim. The amount of times she would memorize all of those crazy monologues on Glee the morning of and would never ever mess up during the scene… I mean, she was clearly more talented than the rest of us. She was the most talented person I’ve ever known. There is nothing she couldn’t do and I’m furious we won’t get to see more. • I’m thankful for all the ways in which she made me a better person. She taught me how to advocate for myself and to speak up for the things and people that were important to me, always. I’m thankful for the times I grew an ab muscle from laughing so hard at something she said. I’m thankful she became like family. I’m thankful that my dad happened to have met her weeks before I did and when I got Glee, he told me to “look out for a girl named Naya because she seemed nice.” Well dad, she was nice and she became one of my favorite people ever. • If you were fortunate enough to have known her, you’ll know that her most natural talent of all was being a mother. The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful. I’m thankful that Naya got that beautiful little boy got back on that boat. I’m thankful he will have a strong family around him to protect him and tell him about his incredible mom. I just hope more than anything that her family is given the space and time to come to terms with this. For having such tiny body, Naya had such a gigantic presence, a void that will now be felt by all of us - those of us who knew her personally and the millions of you who loved her through your TVs. I love you, Bee.

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Naya was insanely talented, breathtakingly gorgeous, and one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met, but the legacy she left behind for me is her kindness. I joined the cast of Glee in the third season and as the newcomer, I was intimidated and terrified. The cast was already such a tight-knit group who had been working incredibly hard together for over three years to make it a hit show and I never expected any of them to have time for me. To my surprise, Naya, one of the most beloved by the rest of the cast (and the entire world), showed me instant warmth and kindness. She invited me to parties and gatherings and was always there to give advice. She was a superstar who had nothing to gain from being kind to the new girl, but she was and that changed this new girl’s entire experience on that show. I will forever be grateful to that beautiful human. My heart goes out to her family and her sweet boy. ❤️

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My heart is broken.. I truly had soo much fun filming this little segment... we both clearly didn’t wanna be there but made the most of it! Naya was truly a star.. one day as I was coming out of hair and make up I saw her sitting at base camp and she said “Alex... when you go on tour can you please say ‘everybody say heeeyy Ms. Newell’’ just for me!” I said absolutely we laughed and had a short little convo about life and music.. I’ll cherish that moment for ever!! I watched her preform with such power, brilliance, and honesty.. While being a light as a person! The love she had for her family and friends was always clear! She will truly be missed! Josey you are loved by all the people who love your mother! My thoughts and prayers are with her family! Rest Sweet Angel..

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