Naya Rivera’s Glee co-star Kevin McHale believes late Cory Monteith ‘helped find’ actress’ body in lake – The Sun

NAYA Rivera's Glee co-star Kevin McHale believes that the late Cory Monteith 'helped find' the actress' body in the California lake where she went missing.

The 33-year-old's body was found on Monday after she went missing last week with police claiming she used the last bit of her strength to save her son Josey before she drowned.

Kevin, 32, took to Twitter to praise the late Cory – who was also a Glee co-star – as he helped find Naya's body.

"I'm not religious by any means, but you'd be hard-pressed to convince me that Cory didn't help find our girl today," the actor who played Artie Abrams on Glee shared.

"These 2, in many ways, were the male and female versions of one another.

"So nice, cared deeply, were stupidly talented, the most fun, and really really good people," he commented as he also shared a video of the two late actors hugging and chatting with fans.

Shockingly enough, Naya's body was found on the seventh anniversary of the Canadian's accidental death.

Kevin also joined fellow Glee costars in paying tribute to the doting mother as her body was finally brought back to her family and friends.

"My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you," he shared on Twitter on Monday. 

"7 years ago today, she and I were together in London when we found out about Cory.

"We were so far away, but I was so thankful that we had each other.

"A week ago today we were talking about running away to Hawaii. This doesn’t make sense. And I know it probably never will."

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"I’m thankful she became like family. I’m thankful that my dad happened to have met her years before I did and when I got Glee, he told me to 'look out for a girl named Naya because she seemed nice.'

"Well dad, she was nice and she became one of my favorite people ever.

"If you were fortunate enough to have known her, you’ll know that her most natural talent of all was being a mother.

"The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful.

"I’m thankful that Naya got that beautiful little boy got back on that boat."
The actor also vowed to stay in Josey's life to help him remember his mom as he tweeted: "I’m thankful he will have a strong family around him to protect him and tell him about his incredible mom.

"I just hope more than anything that her family is given the space and time to come to terms with this."

But the actor who also appeared in Katy Perry's Last Friday Night music video wasn't the only one who believed Cory helped bring Naya home.

Many Gleeks took to social media to commemorate Cory and beg him to protect Naya wherever he was.

One Glee fan tweeted: “7 years without him. you always brought smiles to everyone. I hope you protect and guide Naya to her family. we miss you Cory Monteith #7yearswithoutcory”

Another wrote: “i know you’re up there [in] heaven keeping an eye on naya wherever she may be. i know you will some how guide us to wherever she is. #7YearsWithoutCory”

A third said: “There is not a moment in the day that I am not thinking about you. I miss you so much angel. I know you are looking over naya right now and praying that she’s okay.”

Cory Monteith died at 31 in 2013 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin, while his co-star Mark Salling – who Rivera dated at one point – committed suicide in 2018 at 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Naya is now the third cast member of the show to have tragically passed away in her thirties.

When Cory passed away, Naya's character ironically sang If I Die Young in the commemorative episode of the show.

Naya had been missing since Wednesday afternoon when her boat was found at Lake Piru, with only her four-year-old son, Josey, aboard.

The 33-year-old mother is believed to have drowned in a “tragic accident,” with her son telling police they were out swimming but only he returned to the boat, though an official autopsy still needs to be completed.

After the first couple of days of searching, the rescue shifted to a recovery mission as she was presumed dead, with that conclusion confirmed with the discovery of her body.

The actress' body was discovered floating near the surface of California’s Lake Piru.

How missing Glee star Naya Rivera was on the up before mystery boat accident

After years of personal troubles, it seemed Naya had finally found peace.

She became a household name a decade ago with the show Glee.

But her personal life was plagued with body image issues, lack of confidence, and dating a fellow troubled star.

Naya's life seemed to turn around when she gave birth to Josey as she was dubbed a doting mother.


Officials believe the lake may have been tangled in plants and so concealed from divers searching for her.

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub confirmed investigators are "confident" the body is Rivera's based on the location, physical characteristics and clothing.

Speaking at a news conference, Ayub said her body was found in the northeastern portion of the lake – which is 60 ft deep – and an "empty canyon" of growth.

"We believe she was concealed within some of the shrubbery on the floor bed of the lake," Ayub said, adding that investigators didn't believe any foul play was involved.

"The boat started drifting… she mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat but not enough to save herself," the sheriff told reporters.

He explained: "There was no indication that this was a suicide [or foul play]."

It was also revealed that a positive identification would be made via dental records at the Medical Examiner's office.

Rivera's little boy Josey, 4, had told cops his mom "boosted him onto the deck of their rental boat from behind" before he "saw her disappear under surface of water" after they went swimming.

The announcement came as Rivera's family and former Glee castmates gathered at the lake to support each other following the tragic discovery.

ABC7 Eyewitness News shared a heartbreaking image of her loved ones standing hand-in-hand at the dock before the announcement that a body was found.

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