Naya Rivera’s father revealed that he suggested his daughter to not go away her boat before she drowned.
The “Glee” actress died in an unintended drowning incident at Lake Piru close to Los Angeles, Calif. in July 2020. Her physique was found following an in depth five-day search after her younger son, Josey, was discovered sleeping alone within the boat they rented after she did not return it.
Speaking to People, George Rivera, 64, revealed that he truly spoke with Rivera the day she died when she FaceTime known as him to ask for recommendation about boating.
“She would always bounce stuff off me,” George informed the outlet. “And she wanted to go swimming with Josey out in the middle of the lake.”
George, who was engaged on reworking his dwelling in Knoxville, Tenn. on the time, mentioned Naya informed him the boat they rented didn’t have an anchor, so he cautioned her in opposition to leaping out for a swim. Being an avid boater himself, he knew that it will be tough for her to maintain the boat inside a secure distance.
“I could see that the wind was blowing and my stomach was just cringing,” he recalled. “I kept telling her, ‘Don’t get out of the boat! Don’t get out of the boat! It will drift away when you’re in the water.’”
George defined that the call minimize out after about three minutes, leaving him with a “bad feeling” about his daughter.
Sadly, that dangerous feeling would show to be right as authorities imagine Naya succumbed to exhaustion and drowned after struggling to get Josey again into the boat after they went for a swim.
“It’s still pretty much a big blur of pain almost a year later,” George concluded. “Things are slowly coming a little more into focus, but I don’t know if I’ll ever find closure from this. I miss her every day.”
A local of Santa Clarita, Calif., Rivera started performing at age 4, showing in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Family Matters” and “The Bernie Mac Show.”
The actress is finest identified for taking part in Santana Lopez on “Glee” between 2009 and 2015. Santana was a cheerleader within the musical-comedy and appeared on 113 episodes of the sequence. Santana was one of many many LGBTQ characters within the present.