Naya Rivera tragically died in a sailing accident on July 8, 2020.
Naya Rivera was not originally among the stars of “Glee,”
; but her oversized talent and personality quickly saw her character, Santana Lopez, emerge as a strength to be considered and loved all at the same time.
The strength of her character and personality was transferred to her personal relationship to the entire cast, which remained tight (for the most part) even after the show had gone off the air. Now they have come together to pay tribute to their friend and colleague on the one-year anniversary of Naya’s death.
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It was on July 8, 2020, when Naya was officially pronounced dead after her body was recovered from a lake where she had been swimming with her young son, Josey. It is believed that her last act was to get Josey back on the boat she had rented and probably save his life.
Perhaps one of the more surprising tributes – which was touching in its own way – came from Lea Michele, the former star of the series who shares a somewhat strained relationship with the rest of the cast, including Naya.
She became involved in the midst of controversy over her alleged on-set behavior during the filming of the show as Naya walked by, creating an awkward friction between her and the rest of the cast as they first hoped for Naya’s survival and then mourned her. lost.
Nevertheless, on the anniversary of Naya’s death, Lea shared a still image of the show to her Instagram Stories with a pigeon emoji. But it was the significance of the moment she chose that added an extra layer of poignancy.
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In the scene Lea shared, Naya performed “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Barbra Streisand’s “Funny Girl”. Lea had performed the same song in the show’s first season as part of her Barbra-like track.
By the fifth season, she was cast to take the lead in a new production, and it was Naya who competed to be her inferior. And then, with subtlety, Lea hailed a shared experience between the two often-competing actresses with a song they both performed on the show.
Heather Morris, who played Naya’s best friend and lover on screen – and enjoyed a close friendship beyond the show – took to Instagram to share a new tattoo she had received in honor of her friend.
Showing a series of photos, including footage of her being inked, reads Heather’s new tattoo: “Tomorrow is not promised.” Naya shared this mood as part of one of her last tweets last year in July.
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“Whatever year, circumstance or strife every day you are alive, it’s a blessing. Get the most out of today and every day you get. Tomorrow is not promised,” she tweeted just days before her untimely death .
Several other cast members, including Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Matthew Morrison and Jenna Ushkowitz, also paid tribute to Naya on their social media. You can check out all of their tributes below: