Naya Rivera uit Glee is op 33-jarige leeftijd overleden. Gisteravond kwam het verdrietige nieuws binnen na een dagenlange zoektocht naar de actrice. De Glee-cast herdenkt hun oud-collega op social media.
"Mijn favoriete duet partner. Ik houd van je. Ik mis je. Ik heb geen woorden nu, alleen maar gevoelens. Rust in vrede engel, en weet dat je familie zich nooit zorgen zal hoeven te maken om iets", schrijft Amber Riley, die de rol van Mercedes vervulde in Glee, op Instagram. Ook Kevin McHale, die Artie speelde in de muzikale hitserie herdenkt zijn vriendin. "Ik kan me geen wereld indenken zonder jou".
"Eigen, oprecht lief, verschrikkelijk getalenteerd en geliefd door zoveel", aldus Melissa Benoist, die als Marley Rose iets later in de serie kwam. En ook Chris Colver (Kurt) zal zijn oude vriendin verschrikkelijk missen. "Naya was echt uniek en dat zal ze ook altijd zijn."
She has not left my mind this last week. It's difficult to find words. There was an undeniable beauty that she radiated inside and out, and I consider myself incredibly lucky that I got to witness that up close even for the short period of time that I did. I was so intimidated by her, yet she had a way of disarming that just made you want to be around her, hear what she had to say (because it would undoubtedly be the sharpest and most real thing you would hear all day). She was kind and open to me when she didn't have to be, when I was a naive, clueless and insecure newcomer. Bravely authentic, genuinely kind, incredibly talented and deeply loved by so many. Thinking of her family and loved ones. Rest In Peace, Naya.
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.
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. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be. 💔 Sending all my love to her wonderful family and her beautiful son.
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) July 13, 2020
Lea Michelle herdenkt eveneens haar overleden collega's in haar Instagram story. Ze plaatst zwart-wit foto's van Naya Rivera en Cory Monteith, die 7 jaar geleden overleed en waar ze een relatie mee had.
Naya Rivera ging woensdag het meer op met haar zoontje van 4 en verdween toen. Haar zoontje Josey werd alleen op de boot teruggevonden door de politie. Josey vertelde dat zijn moeder in het water sprong maar niet meer bovenkwam. Duizenden fans, familie en ook oud-collega's hielden goede hoop Naya ooit weer levend terug te zien, maar helaas mocht dat niet baten. Het lichaam van Naya werd gisterochtend gevonden in het meer.
If I Die Young
Ook de fans herdenken Naya. Het liedje If I die Young, die ze in Glee coverde voor haar overleden vriend Cory, gaat opnieuw de wereld rond. Fans vinden het liedje nu wel toepasselijk en uiten hun verdriet op social media.
— Dil (@xaidillx) July 14, 2020
Naya Rivera singing “If I Die Young... sink in me in the river...” as tribute to Cory and then her body being found on the exact anniversary of his death is just wow...so heartbreaking 😔 💔 pic.twitter.com/Y8PYFirBj4
— RJ (@Dumbledore_BB) July 13, 2020
— Ashh-loove ♡ (@PCcatwomanDCEU) July 13, 2020