Naya Rivera is remembered with love.
Famous friends and fans celebrated the “Glee” star via social media on Thursday, a year after her tragic death by drowning.
“It hasn’t been easier to write a legend. You are the brightest star in my eyes, Naya Rivera, ”Heather Morris, who played Rivera’s girlfriend Brittany in“ Glee, ”posted Thursday on Instagram. “I’m so thankful that GOD PLACED A HAND and brought us together as best friends, mom friends, stage partners and everything in between. Your legacy lives on in kindness and being “that sassy queen” to me. I love you forever baby girl.
Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina Cohen-Chang on the Fox series, wrote a heartfelt note on Instagram, reading, “Always a light, always with us. My heart is with you and your family today. ♥ ️ I love you Nougs.
“I miss you. Every day,” Kevin McHale, who played Artie Abrams on the show, posted on Instagram alongside a photo of the actress on the red carpet.
Matthew Morrison, who played Will Schuester, posted a photo of Rivera with a heart emoji.
Rivera went missing on July 8, 2020 while on a boat trip with her young son, Josey, on Lake Piru in Southern California. A search for the actress ended on July 13 when her body was found and she was confirmed dead. She was 33 years old.
Fans of the multitalented performer also posted messages in remembrance of the star on Thursday.
“One year without you and the pain is still the same,” wrote one fan.
“Hi no no. I have no words to describe how much I miss you, “tweeted another fan.” I can’t imagine this world without you. Hope you’re happy now, hope you’re in. a better place … rest baby, i love forever.
The late star’s mother, Yolanda Previtire, said on “Good Morning America” on Thursday that there were “no words to describe what we are going through” as the family attend sessions of therapy and struggle with their daily lives while helping to take care of Rivera’s 5-year-old son.
Previtire recalled the last conversation she had with her daughter and Josey via FaceTime from the boat.
“And we had a great conversation,” she revealed. “The sun was kissing her face and she was just beautiful. … She was wearing a beautiful white swimsuit and she was shining.
But she said she warned Naya that the water appeared to “get rough” during the call.
Josey was found safe and sound on the boat after his mother went missing.
Josey is being looked after by Naya’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, as well as the actress’ 27-year-old sister, Nickayla Rivera. Nickayla moved in with Dorsey after her sister died to help raise her nephew – a move that sparked salacious gossip and led Dorsey to speak out against the ‘absurd accounts’ that were circulating last year about the nature of their relationship.
“I just knew when it happened, right when we got it, I knew the role I had to take on,” Nickayla said on “GMA” of helping raise Josey.