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A Tragic Loss

Naya Rivera and her son Josey
Naya Rivera | Instagram

Glee actress Naya Rivera tragically passed away in a boating accident on California's Lake Piru with her son Josey on July 8th. When her body was recovered the following Monday, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub explained that Josey told rescuers that his mother had gotten him out of the water after a swim but that she herself didn't get back in the boat.

"She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself."

Since her untimely passing, there has been an outpouring of love and support for the actress on social media.

An Ex's Tribute

Naya Rivera and her son Josey
Naya Rivera | Instagram

One person to weigh in was rapper Big Sean, who dated Rivera from 2013. The couple ended their engagement in 2014, but Sean remembered the good times in an Instagram tribute to Rivera. He wrote:

"Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul! Thank you for blessing us with your talent and presence. You are a hero! Not just because of how you saved your son, also because of the barriers you knocked down for so many people to make them feel confident in themselves and to stand tall and be proud when they couldn’t achieve that on their own."

Rivera Died A Hero

Big Sean
Big Sean | Instagram

Sean continued, expressing his sorrow and disbelief over the tragic situation.

"I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us for making me wiser and a better person. I’m still grieving and in shock, I can’t believe this is real. I’m praying for you and your family and I know you’re watching over them and protecting them. Rest In Peace Naya 💙🙏🏾"

Sean included some lovely pictures of Rivera in the post, including a heartbreaking one of her embracing her son.

Remembering Her

Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera | Instagram

Sean was one of many who memorialized Rivera on social media. Her Glee costars also wrote tributes of their own. Chris Colfer wrote on Instagram:

"How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can't."

Jane Lynch also echoed that sentiment on Twitter.

"Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family."

It's clear that Rivera impacted many lives and that this horrible loss will be felt by her friends, family, and fans.

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