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Kevin McHale believes Cory Monteith 'helped' find Naya Rivera's body on seventh anniversary of death

Kevin McHale joined other stars of TV series Glee and other celebrities in paying tribute to Naya Rivera after her body was recovered from Lake Piru, California, on Monday.

And the former Glee actor revealed in a tweet Monday night that he believes Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental overdose on July 13, 2013, played a part in leading searchers to the actress on the seventh anniversary of his own passing.

Searchers discovered Rivera after an extensive six-day search at the remote lake outside of Los Angeles.

Kevin McHale tweeted Monday he believes Cory Monteith, pictured filming Glee, played a part in leading searchers to the body of Naya Rivera

The Glee actress was found following a six-day search of Lake Piru in California on the seventh anniversary of Monteith's death from an accidental overdose

Unseen forces: Kevin McHale tweeted Monday he believes Cory Monteith, pictured left filming Glee, played a part in leading searchers to the body of Naya Rivera, pictured right, on the seventh anniversary of his own passing from an accidental overdose

No coincidence: McHale, 32, said Monteith and Rivera were 'the male and female versions of one another'

No coincidence: McHale, 32, said Monteith and Rivera were ‘the male and female versions of one another’ 

‘I’m not religious by any means, but you’d be hard-pressed to convince me that Cory didn’t help find our girl today,’ McHale tweeted.

He went on: ‘These 2, in many ways, were the male and female versions of one another. So nice, cared deeply, were stupidly talented, the most fun, and really really good people.’

In a touching tribute to Rivera, McHale praised his late co-star for her ‘quick-witted’ actions in making sure to save her son Josey, four, before herself.

‘The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful,’ he wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post. ‘I’m thankful that Naya got that beautiful little boy back on that boat.’ 

He added: ‘I’m thankful he will have a strong family around him to protect him and tell him about his incredible mom.’

Felt her loss: : McHale praised 'quick-witted' Rivera for saving her 'beautiful little boy' from drowning in a heartfelt social media tribute

Felt her loss: : McHale praised ‘quick-witted’ Rivera for saving her ‘beautiful little boy’ from drowning in a heartfelt social media tribute

In memoriam: He said Rivera's h 'most natural talent of all was being a mother' to her four-year-son Josey, whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey

In memoriam: He said Rivera’s h ‘most natural talent of all was being a mother’ to her four-year-son Josey, whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey

While McHale reflected on Rivera’s strength and independence, he began his tribute by admitting that he ‘legitimately can not imagine this world without’ the SAG winner, who he starred on Glee with from 2009–2015. 

In addition to describing the moment they found out about their former co-star Cory Monteith’s death together in London seven years ago, he joked about ‘talking about running away to Hawaii’ just last week. 

‘This doesn’t make sense. And I know it probably never will,’ he wrote. ‘She was so independent and strong and the idea of her not being here is something I cannot comprehend.’ 

He furthered: ‘She was the single most quick-witted person I’ve ever met, with a steel-trap memory that could recall the most forgettable conversations from a decade ago verbatim.’

McHale also recalled the ‘amount of times she would memorize all of those crazy monologues on Glee the morning of’ and never ‘mess up during the scene.’  








'The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful,' the Sick of My Own Voice host commended in a heartfelt Instagram post

‘The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful,’ the Sick of My Own Voice host commended in a heartfelt Instagram post

‘I mean, she was clearly more talented than the rest of us. She was the most talented person I’ve ever known. There is nothing she couldn’t do and I’m furious we won’t get to see more’ he eulogized. 

The former NLT member revealed Rivera made him a better person and taught him to be an advocate for himself and others. 

‘I’m thankful for the times I grew an ab muscle from laughing so hard at something she said. I’m thankful she became like family,’ he wrote, before revealing his dad encouraged him to keep an eye out for her weeks before they met on set of Glee.

He continued: ‘Well dad, she was nice and she became one of my favorite people ever.’ 

Doting mom: While McHale reflected on Rivera's strength and independence, he began his tribute by admitting that he 'legitimately can not imagine this world without' the SAG winner, who he starred on with Glee from 2009–2015

Doting mom: While McHale reflected on Rivera’s strength and independence, he began his tribute by admitting that he ‘legitimately can not imagine this world without’ the SAG winner, who he starred on with Glee from 2009–2015








Police say it appears Naya Rivera ‘mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself’, after confirming the body of the Glee star was found in Lake Piru Monday.   

Rivera went missing on Wednesday afternoon during a boat day with son. He was found asleep in his life jacket on their pontoon, but there was no trace of the 33-year-mom. 

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference Monday afternoon: ‘She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself.’ 

Found: The Ventura County Sheriff Twitter announced the grim discovery on Twitter, saying: 'A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. Rivera vanished on Wednesday on Lake Piru after taking a pontoon boat out on the water with her four-year-old son Josey

Found: The Ventura County Sheriff Twitter announced the grim discovery on Twitter, saying: ‘A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. Rivera vanished on Wednesday on Lake Piru after taking a pontoon boat out on the water with her four-year-old son Josey 

Iconic role: She starred on the Fox series from 2009 to 2015 as cheerleader Santana Lopez

Iconic role: She starred on the Fox series from 2009 to 2015 as cheerleader Santana Lopez

Many of Naya’s other castmates also paid tribute to her after police confirmed a body pulled from Lake Piru.  

Jane Lynch was the first to pay her respects as she took to Twitter on Monday morning to write: ‘Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.’ 

The actress’s family rushed to the lake on Monday morning and some of her Glee castmates, including Heather Morris, were also there.

Respect: Jane Lynch was the first to pay her respects as she took to Twitter on Monday morning to write: 'Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family'

Respect: Jane Lynch was the first to pay her respects as she took to Twitter on Monday morning to write: ‘Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family’

Max Adler, who played football player Dav Karofsky, continued the social media tributes as he posted several broken heart and crying emojis. 

Joshua Sussman – who portrayed Jacob Ben Israel in the  Fox series – wrote: ‘[Broken heart emoji] Naya, you will be missed so much [sad face emoji]’

Lea Michele also returned to social media to pay tribute to her late co-star. 

Tribute: After news broke that Naya's body had been recovered from the lake, Lea Michele returned to social media to pay tribute to her late co-star. She posted a black and white snap of Rivera in one of her Glee costumes to Instagram Story

Tribute: After news broke that Naya’s body had been recovered from the lake, Lea Michele returned to social media to pay tribute to her late co-star. She posted a black and white snap of Rivera in one of her Glee costumes to Instagram Story

She posted a black and white snap of Rivera in one of her Glee costumes to Instagram Story.

Michele did not write any words but went on to share another black and white snap of some of the Glee cast looking out over a beach.

Confirmation of Rivera’s death came on the seventh anniversary of the death of Cory Monteith, who was found dead of a drug and alcohol overdose in a hotel room in Vancouver, B.C., on July 13, 2013. 








Memories: Michele did not write any words but went on to share another black and white snap of some of the Glee cast looking out over a beach

Memories: Michele did not write any words but went on to share another black and white snap of some of the Glee cast looking out over a beach

A day prior, Rivera’s co-star Amber Patrice Riley took to Twitter to urge her followers to show some respect for Naya’s family and friends.

She wrote: ‘Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family. No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.’

McHale backed Riley’s statement as he retweeted it with the added commentary: ‘I cannot begin to understand what Naya’s family must be feeling. I know the rest of us are completely shattered, but not without hope. 

Devastated: Max Adler, who played football player Dav Karofsky, continued the social media tributes as he posted several broken heart and crying emojis

Devastated: Max Adler, who played football player Dav Karofsky, continued the social media tributes as he posted several broken heart and crying emojis

Thinking of her: Joshua Sussman - who portrayed Jacob Ben Israel in the Fox series - wrote: '[Broken heart emoji] Naya, you will be missed so much [sad face emoji]'

Thinking of her: Joshua Sussman – who portrayed Jacob Ben Israel in the Fox series – wrote: ‘[Broken heart emoji] Naya, you will be missed so much [sad face emoji]’

‘Please respect her family & their privacy in this moment. Please refrain from judging those who don’t show their pain on social media. [heart emoji]’ 

Other celebs paid tribute including Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish who wrote: ‘Rest In Peace and power, Naya [sad face and broken heart emojis]’  

The Ventura County Sheriff Twitter announced the grim discovery on Twitter, saying: ‘A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. 



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