It’s been three months since Naya Rivera‘s death and stars are still mourning the Glee star. The actress died at the age of 33 from an accidental drowning on July 8 after renting a motorized pontoon boat with Josey on Lake Piru in California. She was reported missing, and after a five-day search, police confirmed that they found her body in the lake on July 13.
Now, former costar Matthew Morrison — who played Will Schuester on the FOX series — is looking back on his time working with the late actress.
“Naya was a huge bright light,” he told Entertainment Tonight during an interview published on October 1. “I mean, she’s someone who kind of kept us in stitches on set, like, she was always the one who is just so witty and just, like, always joking. On that show, it was difficult. We pulled long, long hours — like 16 to 18 hour days — and we needed that, that team morale, and she was always there to give us a good laugh.”
He continued, “It’s crazy saying ‘was.’ But she was a special person and my heart just goes out to that family who is grieving. I can’t imagine, you know, having a son myself, the upbringing that that child is going to be exposed to because his mother is not there, you know? It’s gotta be so tough, so my heart goes out to that family.”
Since her death, lots of celebrities have posted tributes for star. Scroll through our gallery to see all the celebrities who have spoken out following Naya’s death.
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