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16 July 2020, 10:15
Heather Morris has paid tribute to Naya Rivera following the Glee star's tragic passing at age 33.
Heather Morris has penned a heartfelt tribute to her former Glee co-star and good friend Naya Rivera, after the 33-year-old’s body was found at a lake in California, following a boating trip with her four-year-old son Josey Hollis.
Just days after mother-of-one Naya was confirmed to have died after she went missing at Lake Piru, on Wednesday, July 8, Heather took to Instagram to share some touching words about the star.
She wrote: "We started out as the closest friends and then like all new things, we went through a bit of a rocky phase. However, we stuck by each other’s side and created the most beautiful friendship built out of love and understanding.
"The last I had the chance to see you in person, I had left oranges outside our home for you to take. I wanted to say hi through the window but my phone didn’t ring when you called (which it never does, f**king T-Mobile), so instead you and Josey left two succulents on our doorstep as a thank you.”
She continued: "I planted those succulents and I look at them everyday and think of you. I still listen to your EP on repeat because from the moment I heard it, it struck me and I always wished the world knew more of your voice.
"You sent me over 5 dozen SnapChat videos when you and Josey woke up in the morning and I kick myself that I didn’t save one of them. You always shared recipes and I admired your love for food.
"We vowed to spend every Easter together, even though Covid stole this last one from us. You are and always will be the strongest and most resilient human being I know, and I vowed to carry that with me as I continue to live my life.
"You constantly taught me lessons about grief, about beauty and poise, about being strong, resilient and about not giving a f**k (but still somehow respectful ). Yet, the utmost important lesson I learned most of all from you was being a consistent and loving friend. You were the first to check in, the first to ask questions, the first to listen..you cherished our friendship and I never took that for granted."
Heather, who played cheerleader Brittany Pierce on Glee, while Naya played her on-screen girlfriend Santana Lopez, shared a collection of snaps of Josey, as well as Heather’s sons, together, in the post.
She added: "We never took photos together because we mutually hated taking pictures...our relationship meant more than proof. I have countless pictures of our babies playing, because we shared that kind of pride and joy. So I’m showing the world a photo of our little goof balls for you, because I know that meant more than anything and they remind me of you and I.
"I speak to you everyday because I know you’re still with me and even though I’m feeling greedy that we don’t get more time together, I cherish every moment we had and hold it close to my heart.”
Other Glee stars including Dianna Agron, Lea Michele and Kevin McHale also shared touching messages on social media.