01:28 GMT02 December 2020
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    American actress and model Naya Rivera, famous for her performance in 'Glee', a TV show about a school chorus, has been confirmed dead after she went missing for several days, after going for a boat trip at Lake Piru in southern California.

    Social media welled up with grief as fans, celebrities and many others mourned the death of TV actress Naya Rivera, who was confirmed dead on Monday after five days of intense search at Lake Piru, where Rivera went missing on 9 July. After arriving to the lake, she took a boat with her young son Josey, and later never made it out of the water. Her 4-year-old son was found safe in the boat some hours after the two did not return.

    Among those expressing condolences were not only Rivera's fans and colleagues, but also other celebrities and public figures, such as US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    ​One of Rivera's GLEE cast-mates, Chris Colfer, wrote a touching post on his Instagram, along with her other colleagues.

    ​Several days of searching left fans pondering reasons for Rivera's disappearance and hoping for the best. After the death of the actress was confirmed, her saddened fans felt especially touched as allegations arose that Rivera had apparently tried to help or save her son. According to the child's words, she helped him to get on boat before she drowned. However, it was not confirmed whether there were any danger.

    ​For GLEE fans, the day Rivera's death was confirmed was already tragic, as one of the leading actors of the show, Cory Monteith, died on 13 July seven years ago.

    ​Some of the fans shared their beloved and most powerful performances of Rivera on GLEE as Santana Lopez, one of the choir members. 

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