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Naya Rivera

American actress and singer (1987–2020)

Naya Rivera is ...


Born 12 January 1987 in Valencia
Died 8 July 2020 in Lake Piru
Age 33 years, 6 months
Cause drowning

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United States of America
Birth name Naya Marie Rivera
Manner of death accident
Sibling Mychal Rivera
Spouse Ryan Dorsey
Occupation singer, child actor, actor, model, television actor and film actor
Residence Los Angeles
Instrument voice
Notable work Glee, Step Up: High Water and The Royal Family
Date of disappearance +2020-07-08T00:00:00Z
Genre pop music
Voice type mezzo-soprano
Nickname Nay Nay, Nay Nay Rivers, N'Nay, Bee and Snixx
Twitter username NayaRivera
Instagram username nayarivera and nayarivera
Educated at Valencia High School

About Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera was a force to be reckoned with. Born in Santa Clarita, California on January 12, 1987, she began her career at a young age, appearing in commercials and television shows before landing her breakout role as Santana Lopez on the hit musical series Glee.

Rivera's portrayal of Santana, a fierce and complex character who struggled with her sexuality and identity, earned her critical acclaim and a legion of fans. Her powerful vocals and electrifying performances on songs like "Valerie" and "Smooth Criminal" cemented her status as one of the show's standout stars.

But Rivera was more than just a talented actress and singer. She was also a trailblazer, using her platform to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and mental health awareness. In 2011, she was honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for her work on Glee, and in 2016, she released a memoir titled Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.

Tragically, Rivera's life was cut short when she drowned in Lake Piru, California on July 8, 2020, while boating with her young son. She was just 33 years old.

In the wake of her death, Rivera's legacy lives on through her groundbreaking work on Glee and her advocacy for marginalized communities. As her former co-star Chris Colfer wrote in a tribute to her, "She was bold. She was outrageous. She was a LOT of fun. Naya made me laugh like no one else on that set. I always said it while we were working together and I’ve maintained it ever since. Her playful, wicked sense of humor never ceased to bring a smile to my face."

Rivera may be gone, but her impact on the entertainment industry and beyond will never be forgotten. As Rolling Stone wrote in their obituary for her, "She was a force of nature, a true talent, and a bright light in the world."

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