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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Naya Rivera attends Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Some very sad news this morning. Actor Naya Rivera, who played the cheerleader Santana Lopez on hit American series Glee, is presumed dead after her four-year-old son was found on a boat in a lake in Southern California.

The 33-year-old had rented the boat on Wednesday afternoon at Lake Piru, north-west of Los Angeles. Her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey was spotted by another person in their boat three hours after the actor had rented her boat, reported CBC Los Angeles.

The young boy allegedly told investigators that his mum had gone for a swim but never got back on the boat.

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GLEE: Quinn (Dianna Agron, L) and Santana (Naya Rivera, R) sell cupcakes at the Glee Club’s bake sale in the “Wheels” episode of GLEE airing Wednesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)
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WESTWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 02: Naya Rivera and Josey Hollis attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” at Regency Village Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

The lake was immediately scoured by rescue and dive teams. The search resumed on Thursday but they are yet to find Rivera.

“We’re presuming that an accident happened, we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake,” Officer Chris Dyer of the Ventura County Sheriff. “There are no signs of foul play, no signs that anything went wrong, besides a tragic accident.”


“The goal is still to bring Ms Rivera home to her family so they can have some closure,” Mr Dyer said.

The lake itself has seen other people drown in the past. “Dangerous conditions” meant the search for Rivera had to be suspended at 10pm on Wednesday night. “We’re talking during the day 8 to 10 inches of visibility in the lake, lots of debris, full-sized trees and debris under the water and varying depths,” Dyer said. There’s a lot of uneven terrain under the water which you guys don’t see.”

The following Instagram was posted just on Tuesday.

Dorsey’s father is actor Ryan Dorsey whom Rivera married in 2014. The couple filed for divorce two years later but remained dedicated parents to their child.

Glee fans will have a hard time processing this news. In 2013, Cory Monteith who played jock Finn Hudson in the Fox series died of a drug overdose. Five years later, Mark Salling who played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman took his own life. Salling and Rivera were once in a relationship.

In her tell-all book, Rivera wrote bout Salling: “When Mark dumped me, I thought it was the worst thing ever, but can you imagine if that didn’t happen? And I was laying there in bed when the battering ram came through the door?I think everyone should have that one relationship where you look back and ask yourself, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ You’ll learn something and you won’t regret it. Unless, of course, that relationship was with someone who had a sizeable stash of child porn on his computer. Then, by all means, regret everything.”

More to come.