Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera was an American actress and singer. She was best known for playing Santana Lopez on Glee (2009-2015). Rivera also appeared in At the Devil's Door (2014) and on The Bernie Mac Show (2002-2006), Devious Maids (2015) and Step Up: High Water (2018-2019). She released her single, "Sorry," in 2013 with then-boyfriend Big Sean and her EP, My Heart, in 2019.
Naya Rivera
Full Name
Naya Marie Rivera
Valencia, California
Notable Projects
07/08/2020 (Age: 33)


How did Naya Rivera die?

Naya Rivera accidentally drowned in Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, in 2020 during a boat excursion with her son Josey.

What nationality is Naya Rivera?

Naya Rivera was born in Valencia, California. She told MTV's 'This is How I Made it' in 2012 that she is "half Puerto Rican, a quarter German and a quarter black."

Most Recent

Ryan Dorsey Honors Naya Rivera in Emotional Mother's Day Post: 'Hug Your Mommas and Grandmas'
Ryan Dorsey shares six-year-old son Josey with the late actress, who died in July 2020
Dianna Agron Remembers 'Unique' Friendship with Late Glee Costar Naya Rivera: 'Lucky to Know Her'
"Any strength that I had, she had ten times more of it," Dianna Agron said of late friend Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera's Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit Nearly 2 Years After Glee Star's 'Tragic' Drowning
Naya Rivera's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey filed the lawsuit on behalf of their son Josey in November 2020, arguing that the actress' death was preventable
Naya Rivera's Glee Costars Share Tributes on What Would've Been Her 35th Birthday: 'Miss You'
Heather Morris, Kevin McHale and more Glee stars honored Naya Rivera, who died in July 2020
Ryan Dorsey Pays Tribute to Naya Rivera on Her 35th Birthday: 'She'd Be So Proud' of Son Josey
"At least once a day I find myself shaking my head, like it's still unbelievable, so surreal that she's gone," Ryan Dorsey tells PEOPLE in a statement on what would've been Naya Rivera's 35th birthday

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Naya Rivera's Sister Nickayla on How She Got Out of a 'Dark Place' After the Glee Star's Death
Glee actress Naya Rivera died in July 2020 as a result of a drowning accident 
Lea Michele Teases Upcoming Lullaby Album with 'Songbird' Snippet — and Recruits Son Ever to Help!
Lea Michele sang a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, which fans also noted was sung by her late Glee co-star Naya Rivera in a popular episode of the show
Glee's Heather Morris, Kevin McHale, and More Reunite After Anniversary of Naya Rivera's Death

"Missed this crew so much!!!" Glee alum Chord Overstreet wrote alongside one photo from the big reunion