The mother of the late Cory Monteith paid homage to her former Glee costar Naya Rivera after his death at the age of 33 from an accidental drowning.
Ann McGregor highly appreciated actress who was more like a family after Naya’s body was found in Lake Piru on the seventh anniversary of Monteith’s death.
McGregor, whose son died at age 31 on July 13, 2013 of an accidental drug overdose, shared two photos of Naya with Cory as she remembered their firm friendship.
“Cory loved you so much”: the mother of the late Cory Monteith paid tribute to his former costar Glee Naya Rivera after his death at 33 years of an accidental drowning
The fact that Naya’s body was discovered the same day as the anniversary of her son’s death did not go unnoticed by McGregor, who shared how painful the date has been for her in the past seven years. .
“In the past 7 years, July 13 has broken our hearts beyond repair. There are not enough words to describe the pain we feel, we are really sorry for the loss of @nayarivera.
“Naya, Cory loved you so much. He treasured your friendship more than you will ever know. Laughs you shared with the strength you gave him when he needed it most. Cory really loved you.
“He was impressed by your incredible talent, the way you gave everything you had to each performance; one of his favorite stories to share was the slap in the auditorium. You once said that Cory was like a member of your family; you will always be part of ours. We will carry you in our hearts forever. We miss you. Friends gathered for eternity.
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“We send all our love and strength to your handsome boy, family, friends and fans.”
Tributes were paid to Naya after the tragic death of the actress after a day at the lake with her four-year-old son, Josey.
Naya disappeared on July 8 on Lake Piru after taking a pontoon boat on the water with her Josey.
Later, Josey was found alone, asleep on the boat, by another group who noticed him drifting.
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An adult-size life jacket was also found on the boat, and Josey’s statements to police that Naya had disappeared underwater led them to conclude that she had drowned.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub announced on Monday that his body had been found floating in the lake by divers.
He speculated, based on Josey’s conditions and statements, that she had helped the boy get back on the boat but that she had run out of energy to save herself in the current.
“It would be speculation to say at this point. There are a lot of currents on the lake which appear particularly in the afternoon, ”he explained.
“We think it was in the middle of the afternoon that it disappeared, the idea being perhaps that the boat started to drift, that it was not anchored and that it gathered enough energy to bring his son back on the boat, but not enough to save himself. “
Tragedy: Naya disappeared on July 8 on Lake Piru after taking a pontoon boat on the water with her four-year-old son, Josey (photo from February 2019)