Naya Marie Rivera popularly know simply as Naya Rivera was an American actress, singer, and model.
She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of four.
Let’s take a look at her biography below.
Naya Rivera Age
She was born on the 12th of January 1987. She died at the age of 33 years.
Naya Rivera Death Date
She passed away on the 13th of July, 2020.
Naya Rivera Parents
She was born to Yolanda, a former model, and George Rivera.
Naya Rivera Early Life
Rivera was born in Santa Clarita, California, on January 12, 1987, and raised in Santa Clarita’s Valencia neighborhood. She lived in or around Los Angeles for most of her life. She was of African-American, German, and Puerto Rican descent.
She was the oldest of three children: her younger brother is former NFL tight end Mychal Rivera, and her younger sister is runway model Nickayla Rivera.
At 8 or 9 months old, Rivera began to be represented by the same talent agent as her mother, who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling.
Naya Rivera Hometown
She was born in Santa Clarita, California, and raised in Santa Clarita’s Valencia neighborhood.
Naya Rivera Personal Life
Rivera dated actor Tahj Mowry between 2000 and 2004, after meeting on Smart Guy in the 1990s. She remained close with Tahj and his sisters, Tia and Tamera Mowry, for many years, including helping the sisters find an apartment when they got kicked out of their house.
She then dated Glee co-star Mark Salling between 2008 and 2010. The two had a rocky relationship and ultimately split at the request of Salling’s publicist; she later said that Salling breaking up with her felt like “the worst thing ever” at the time.
Salling was arrested in 2015 for possessing child pornography; in her book (written before Salling’s subsequent suicide), Rivera expressed that she was not “totally shocked” at this, but it still took her by surprise.
She began dating recording artist Big Sean in April 2013. They announced their engagement in October 2013, but ended their relationship in April 2014.
Soon after her split from Big Sean, Rivera began dating actor Ryan Dorsey. They had previously dated four years earlier and were married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in July 2014.
On February 24, 2015, Rivera announced that she and Dorsey were expecting their first child. Their son, Josey Hollis, was born in September 2015.
In her memoir, Rivera revealed that she had an abortion in 2010, shortly after splitting from Dorsey, due to the fact that her career was taking off with the success of Glee.
In November 2016, she filed for divorce after two years of marriage,
Naya Rivera Career
She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family (1991–1992) at the age of four.
For the part she received a nomination for a Young Artist Award. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera received her breakthrough role as Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received nominations for numerous awards and critical acclaim.
Rivera was signed to Columbia Records as a solo musical artist in 2011 and—despite never releasing a studio album—released a single, “Sorry”, featuring rapper Big Sean, in 2013.
On film, Rivera made her debut as Vera in the horror film At the Devil’s Door (2014) before playing a supporting role in the comedy film Mad Families (2017).
Her personal life garnered significant press and media attention throughout her career. In 2016, she published a memoir titled Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.
Naya Rivera Awards and Recognitions
Rivera appeared on the covers of several magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Rolling Stone, FHM, Complex, Glow, Prestige, The Hollywood Reporter, Cosmo for Latinas, Latina, Fit Pregnancy and Baby and Galore.
She was selected by People en Español for their 2012 ’50 Most Beautiful’ list, and in May 2012 she made FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list, coming in at number 39.
She made the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2012 for the third year in a row, moving up sixteen spots to number 27. In May 2013, Rivera posed nude in an issue of Allure magazine.
Rivera was ranked at number one on AfterEllen.com’s “Hot 100” list in 2011 and 2012, and at number three in 2013.
In October 2012, Rivera was featured in the third episode of MTV’s series This Is How I Made It. In the episode, Rivera recounted her childhood career as an actress and a model, as well as the lean times that came between the age of 16 and 21, leading up to her big break of being cast on Glee.
In December 2012, Rivera attended the annual Trevor Live! event, where she performed a cover of the song “Silent Night”. She starred in an M&Ms commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013 as the girl to whom “Red” is referring.
Naya Rivera Cause of Death
On July 8, 2020, Rivera was declared a missing person after her four-year-old son, Josey, was found alone in Rivera’s rented boat at Lake Piru, a man-made reservoir in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, California.
The search for both Rivera and Josey had begun at 4:00 p.m. PDT, three hours after they left the dock, when their rental was over and they had not returned. Another boater discovered Josey alone, asleep on the boat with his life jacket on, around 5:00 p.m.
On July 11 and 12, Rivera’s parents, brother, ex-husband Ryan Dorsey and Glee co-star Heather Morris joined the search team at the lake.
On July 13, it was announced that a body had been found floating in Lake Piru by divers when the search resumed in the morning, at around 9:30 a.m.; the body was confirmed to be Rivera’s at a press conference held later that day.She was officially declared dead on July 13.
The Ventura County sheriff suggested that Rivera and Josey may have got caught in a rip current – these can be common in the area of lake they were in, especially during the afternoon – and struggled to get back to the boat, which was found unanchored and so may have drifted from where they entered the water.
On July 14, the Ventura County medical examiner released an autopsy report stating that the cause of death was an accidental drowning, and that there was no evidence of injury.
Naya Rivera Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
Her official Instagram username is @nayarivera. She goes by the handle @NayaRivera on twitter. Her Facebook page is simply Naya Rivera.
Naya Rivera Latest Songs
Naya has released a number songs that are doing quite well on the music scene. Some of her tunes are ; Sorry,Glee, Cold Hearted among many others.