AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
FANS of former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, who is feared dead after a swimming accident, have taken to social media to express their shock and anxiety.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in California had confirmed that they were searching for Rivera, 33, in Lake Piru after a swimming accident. Lake Piru is approximately 90 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The American news station KNBC reported that Rivera had rented a pontoon boat at the Lake Piru reservoir yesterday for her and her four-year old son. The boy was found alone without a life vest on the boat by another boater, three hours after it had been rented out. Rivera’s son told officials that he and his mother had been swimming but that his mother never returned to the boat.
Sheriff’s officials were able to identify Rivera as the missing person after finding identification on the boat with her son. A boat and helicopter search was suspended last night but officials had announced that they would continue with the search later today.
Naya Rivera’s 4-year-old son is from her marriage with actor Ryan Dorsey. The couple divorced earlier this year after four years of marriage. Rivera called her young son “my greatest success and I will never do any better than him” in her 2016 memoir “Sorry not Sorry”.
Rivera was also previously engaged to American rapper Big Sean in 2013 after they met on Twitter and collaborated musically, with the rapper making an appearance on Rivera’s debut single ‘Sorry’ after she signed with Columbia Records.
Naya Rivera is best known for playing the role of singing cheerleader Santana Lopez on Fox’s American award-winning comedy series “Glee”, which aired from 2009 to 2015. She received several nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Grammys and Teen Choice Awards for her role on Glee. Rivera has also appeared in the series “Devious Maids” and movie “Step Up: High Water”.