Amber Riley Honors ‘Glee’ Costar & Dear Friend Naya Rivera With Touching Tribute

Almost two months after Naya Rivera perished in a drowning accident, Amber Riley celebrated her fellow ‘Glee’ star and expensive pal with an inspiring tribute.

Amber Riley mentioned farewell to her pal and former Glee costar Naya Rivera on the Aug. 28 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Stay!, roughly seven weeks after Naya, 33, drowned within the waters of Lake Piru in Santa Clarita, California. Amber — who portrayed Mercedes Jones alongside Naya’s Santana Lopez on Fox’s Glee – delivered a heartfelt efficiency. “God is aware of I’m drained…and it simply hits you want a bullet/Now I would like a second alone with my soul/I can’t cease these ideas,” Amber started singing as photographs of Naya all through her life flashed behind her.

Your entire efficiency was in black-and-white, including to a timeless really feel to the unbelievable efficiency. “All people thinks I’m okay/However don’t no person know how I’m actually feeling/Solely heaven is aware of that nothing hurts greater than falling…set me free,” she sang in a chilling verse, seemingly expressing how she’s feeling because the lack of her expensive pal. “I’m able to cry…simply let or not it's,” she sang in one other a part of the efficiency, channeling the period of soul greats like Aretha Franklin, Gloria Gaynor and Gladys Knight. Whereas there’s little question that Amber is extraordinarily proficient, the efficiency was actually one for the the books — and we are able to’t wait to see what she does subsequent.

“[Miss] you child woman and I like you #NayaRivera,” Amber wrote in a prolonged Instagram tribute to her pal on July 23. “I’m so mad the world won't ever see how excessive you might have soared. Her mind was good. She was sensible and as fast as a whip. At all times had me in stitches, we'd be in tears laughing so arduous at each other. There was by no means competitors, or shade, or intimidation with us. Simply pure adoration and mutual respect. You deserved higher.  You have been a lot extra than simply this present. Your expertise outshined us all so many occasions!”

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Amber mentioned that her favourite Naya second happened on a tour bus on its solution to London. “Naya [was] greasing her scalp with Doo Gro oil, a plastic cap and a silk bonnet [laughing tears emoji] my sister mentioned ‘oh Naya you blackity black black’ we burst out into laughter! We wanted it too as a result of we simply needed to get house to our households. We have been alike in that approach. We love arduous, and shield our personal, and we don’t take no sh-t from anybody.. I say your identify on a regular basis and maintain you in my coronary heart, identical to I do Cory[Monteith.]”

Naya Rivera and Amber Riley carry out on the 10th Annual Celebration of Desires Gala in November  2011. (Alex J. Berliner/AP Photographs)

“Your presence introduced a lot pleasure, a lot ardour, a lot pleasure,” continued Amber, “and in your absence, you’re STILL holding us accountable and getting us collectively. I’ve cried till my tear ducts have dried out, now it’s time to rejoice the truth that us mere people received to expertise strolling by means of life with an earth angel. Relaxation properly. I pray you discovered the peace all of us are looking for.”

Naya went lacking on July eight whereas she and her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey went boating on Lake Piru. Naya and Ryan Dorsey’s son was found alive and unhurt on the craft, however Naya was nowhere to be discovered. After a 5 day search, authorities recovered her physique from the lake, on the identical day as Cory Monteith’s dying anniversary. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s workplace performed an post-mortem and decided that she died from drowning. There have been no “traumatic accidents” or any indication that medication or alcohol performed a task in her dying.

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“We all know from talking together with her son [Josey] that he and Naya swam within the lake collectively sooner or later throughout their journey. It was throughout that point that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He informed investigators that he regarded again and noticed her disappear underneath the floor of the water,” Ventura County Sheriff Invoice Ayub defined in a July 13 press convention.

Amber Riley, and Naya Rivera attend the “GLEE” 100th Episode Celebration in 2014 (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Naya’s followers, mates, former loves, and household honored her following her dying. On July 24, Naya’s physique was laid to relaxation at Forest Garden Memorial Park. A day after the funeral, Naya’s ex and father of her youngster, Ryan Dorsey, mentioned that there weren’t “sufficient phrases to specific the opening left in everybody’s hearts. … We miss you. We are going to at all times love you. Love you Meep.”

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