Matthew Morrison praises Glee co-star Naya Rivera in heartfelt tribute

Matthew Morrison has called Naya Rivera a ‘positive influence’ and ‘beautiful spirit’ in a sweet tribute.

Naya, 33, was declared dead on Monday after her body was found in Lake Piru, four days after she went missing on a boating trip with her son.

Following the tragic discovery, Naya’s Glee co-stars have been sharing their tributes.

Matthew – who played Mr Schue – shared a black and white picture of the star on Instagram as he wrote: ‘Naya was a such a powerful force, in both her personal life and in her work.

‘While so many of us were trying to find our voice, Naya’s was clear and resolute. When she spoke, you would embrace every last word. And when she sang, she would let you into her soul.

‘Glee acted as only a snippet of her life that we all, thankfully, had the honor of witnessing.’

He continued: ‘But Naya would shine brightest when surrounded by her wonderful family.  A common passion we both shared recently was that of our roles as parents.

‘Naya was fervent about motherhood and had a steadfast love for Josey.  It is that powerful love that ensures us that her story does not end here. I’m confident that her positive influence will be continuously felt, and that her beautiful spirit will carry on in the lives of so many.’

The Broadway star added: ‘I’m devastated by this immense loss. This week has been long and trying with much praying and hope.

‘I find some solace in closure, but the pain I feel for her and her family cannot be measured.  Rest in peace, keep shining down on us with your bright light.’

Fellow Glee stars Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele and Darren Criss have also honored their late co-star.

While other Hollywood stars have also sent messages of support to Naya’s family.

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