Naya Rivera Dead: Amber Riley Statement – Santana and Mercedes ‘Glee’s’

Amber Riley is remembering ex Joy co-star Naya Rivera, whose life was tragically cut short in a drowning accident on July 8.

“My favorite duet partner. i love you I miss you, ”Riley wrote on Instagram, sharing a video of Rivera and her son Josey singing. “I have no words at the moment, only many feelings. Rest in peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything. “(Read more tributes from the Joy to emit.)

Riley and Rivera portrayed rivals Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez in the Fox comedy, which ended their six-year career in 2015. Their characters finally became good friends, and Mercedes performed Etta James’ classic “At Last” during the end of Santana and Brittany. wedding season. (See our list of the best of Rivera Joy performances)

Rivera was reported missing last Wednesday after renting a boat on Lake Piru in California to go swimming with her four-year-old son Josey. The boy was found alone in the boat, with no signs of Rivera, and a search ensued. Her body was recovered on Monday.

After Joy went off the air in 2015, Rivera played the maid Blanca Alvarez on Lifetime’s Maidens, along with a guest voice role in American Father! and an appearance as a guest judge in RuPaul’s Drag Race. She also reappeared in the YouTube dance series. Step Up: High Water and he was ready to star in the show’s next third season after Starz revived him.

See a memorable performance by Santana / Mercedes on Joy Season 1 below: