In Memory Of: Beloved Stars We Lost This Year

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Naya Rivera Appearing On 'The View'

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Naya Rivera

The untimely death of Naya Rivera was tragic for many reasons, but particularly because she died after saving her son. The actress — who was best known for her role as Santana Lopez on the Fox hit show Glee — died from an accidental drowning after going swimming with her 4-year-old son while the two were on a brief boating trip.

Rivera, only 33 years old when she died, influenced many throughout the course of her lengthy career and the roles she played. Her role as Santana especially was important to young people of the LGBTQ community. Former fiancé Big Sean remembered the actress via his Instagram saying, “Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul! Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence. you are a hero!”

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