'Glee' star's body found in California's Lake Piru

Tributes are pouring in from Naya Rivera’s fans and former co-stars after officials confirmed they recovered her body in the lake.
2:40 | 07/14/20

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We have the latest now on actress naya Rivera, officials confirming they recovered her body in California's lake piru days after she vanished but saying she died a hero as her "Glee" castmates and family members paid tribute to her and Kaylee Hartung has much more on this, good morning, Kaylee. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. Authorities believe the final act of naya Rivera's life was one of tremendous strength. Mustering enough energy to get her son back on that boat even when she didn't have enough to save herself. The desperate search for actress naya Rivera coming to an end. Five days after taking her 4-year-old son for a boat ride on this southern California We are confident the body we found is that of naya Rivera. Reporter: Rivera's parents visiting the lake just hours after the discovery. The 33-year-old was last seen on this surveillance video, authorities say she then facetimed her family. That video key evidence guiding the search. Her son described being helped into the boat by naya. He said he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water. Reporter: More than 100 personnel aided in the challenging search. Rivera's former comblooe "Glee" co-stars joining familiar Liriano and friends on the lake shore. Her career began as a child actor. Hello, Mr. Irkle. Now I love you just the way Reporter: But it was her bolstering voice that catapulted Rivera into the spotlight playing santana Lopez, a character that resonated with so many in the lgbtq community coming to terms with her sexuality as a queer woman. She is the best thing that's ever been mine Reporter: And shattering cultural stereotypes as the only hispanic member of the glee club you. Don't know enough to be embarrassed by these stereotypes you're perpetuated. Reporter: Her former co-stars now mourning, demi Lovato who played her girlfriend on "Glee" called it groundbreaking and Darren criss saying I was constantly moved by the degree to which she took care of her family and how she looked out for her friends. If I die young Reporter: And this "Glee" cast has experienced loss before. Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of Cory monteith, the show's leading man. He died seven years ago. So much for this young cast to endure. Whit. And the account of her young son with her mother helping him into the boat is heartbreaking. All right, Kaylee, thank you.

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