‘Glee’ Star Heather Morris Grieves Death of Naya Rivera; Pays Tribute in Dance

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Naya Rivera’s friend and co-star on Glee, Heather Morris, is sharing her grief over the sudden loss of her friend.

In a post on Instagram, Heather, who played Brittany Pierce in Glee,  shared a video of herself dancing to song “Radio Silence” and wrote about her ongoing grief.

“I want to share something very personal with you all…Grieving looks very differently on everyone…but one things for certain: I’ve felt it’s hard to feel joy or keep busy when mourning without thinking that you’re not honoring that person or you’re forgetting about them. But @hubbell_woodshop reminded me that honoring someone can mean you’re enjoying your life FOR them…”

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She continued, “I made it to 1M followers in these last few weeks and at first I was resentful because I gained them from a tragedy, but after giving it a breath.. I realized you all have just surrounded me with love and support. That I just see you angels wrapping your wings around me 🙏🏻 So I’m celebrating 1Million today in a tribute to @nayarivera with her music and her voice that will forever be my favorite.”

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I want to share something very personal with you all… Grieving looks very differently on everyone…but one things for certain: I’ve felt it’s hard to feel joy or keep busy when mourning without thinking that you’re not honoring that person or you’re forgetting about them. But @hubbell_woodshop reminded me that honoring someone can mean you’re enjoying your life FOR them… I made it to 1M followers in these last few weeks and at first I was resentful because I gained them from a tragedy, but after giving it a breath.. I realized you all have just surrounded me with love and support. That I just see you angels wrapping your wings around me 🙏🏻 So I’m celebrating 1Million today in a tribute to @nayarivera with her music and her voice that will forever be my favorite

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Naya was reported missing after a boating outing with her son Josey Dorsey on Lake Piru in California on July 8. The actress rented a boat for a few hours on the lake. When the boat was not returned, that marina crew went out looking for the pontoon boat and found it with Naya’s 4-year-old son alone in his lifejacket. The actress was nowhere to be found.

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On Monday, July 13, the Ventura County Sheriff’s department revealed that the body found in Lake Piru was that of Naya Rivera.

“Today our search teams have recovered a body in the lake,” the Sheriff said. “Based on the location where the body was found, physical characteristics of the body, clothing found on the body and the physical condition of the body as well as the absence of any other persons missing in the area, we are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera.”

Naya portrayed Santana Lopez on the high school musical drama series, Glee,  on FOX.