“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes prayed for her “Glee” co-star Naya Rivera‘s safe return hours before her body was found in Lake Piru. The 52-year-old Bravo personality took to social media to address the 33-year-old’s disappearance after fans flooded her posts asking why she hadn’t spoke out about the then missing star. Naya Rivera disappeared on Wednesday, July 8 while out on the Southern California lake with her four-year-old son. Earlier this morning, a body was found in the water which Ventura Sherrif’s Office has confirmed is Naya’s.
It took five days of searching but Sheriff Ayub confirmed the body recovered at Lake Piru on Monday, July 13 was the “Glee” star. Following the press conference, held moments ago, authorities revealed the body will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of her death.
Prior to finding her body, NeNe Leakes took to her Instagram praying for Naya Rivera’s safe return. The duo worked on “Glee” together during the “RHOA” star’s stint on the show. They kept in contact over the years and Naya even appeared on an episode of “RHOA” with NeNe Leakes.
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The news conference has concluded. Sheriff Ayub has confirmed the body recovered at Lake Piru today was Naya Rivera. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans during this difficult time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.
— Ventura County Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
Posting a clip from the Bravo show from years ago, NeNe Leakes is seen meeting up with Naya Rivera for a dinner date. This was during the time the “Glee” star was engaged to rapper Big Sean. The duo began dating in 2013 and revealed their engagement that October. Big Sean called off their wedding plans in April 2014 amid rumors he cheated.
“So many of you have asked me to post about Naya or why haven’t i posted about Naya! I don’t know what to say!” NeNe Leakes captioned the clip.
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Calling the whole incident and search efforts “unreal to me and just devastating,” NeNe Leakes continued by praying for Naya Rivera’s safe return and making it known she’s thinking of the actress’s mom, dad, and brother. “I know her family is feeling overwhelmed and helpless. We are all praying this nightmare goes away!” she said.
“We trust you Lord Jesus. Please bring Naya home safe ?? ,” NeNe Leakes continued before plugging the season six clip with Naya and hashtagging “#praying.”