Naya Rivera’s Father Opens Up About His ‘Heartbreaking’ Final FaceTime Call with His Daughter

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Naya Rivera used to be zipping around in a rented pontoon boat on a lake outdoors of Los Angeles along with her younger son Josey on the afternoon of July 8 when she reached out to her dad – George Rivera – with a FaceTime name, procuring for a little little bit of recommendation.

“She would repeatedly jump stuff off me,” George, 64, tells PEOPLE in an authentic interview for this week’s ache. “And she or he wished to head swimming with Josey out in the center of the lake.”

But when his eldest daughter told him that the boat did no longer like an anchor, George – who used to be taking a atomize from transforming his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, when the name got right here thru – straight realized that leaping into the lake for a swim used to be a ugly idea.

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“I would per chance maybe well behold that the wind used to be blowing and my stomach used to be lawful cringing,” remembers George, an avid boater. “I stored telling her, ‘Blueprint no longer secure out of the boat! Blueprint no longer secure out of the boat! It would dash with the waft away in case you’re in the water.'”

After about three minutes, their FaceTime name cut out. “It used to be lawful heartbreaking,” says George, who used to be left staring on the screenshot he snapped of his daughter in sun shades and a baseball cap, grinning below the boat’s canopy with a vivid blue sky overhead.

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“I had this ugly feeling that used to be lawful killing me,” he remembers.

Within hours of that mobile phone name, the ugly feeling George had in the pit of his stomach grew to became reality.

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Josey, who used to be 4 on the time, had been found asleep on the rented boat because it drifted on the waters of Lake Piru after his mother did no longer return it. And Naya – who rose to reputation taking half in the outspoken, elated cheerleader Santana Lopez on Fox’s musical comedy sequence Glee – used to be missing.

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The 33-twelve months-outmoded actress’ body used to be realized floating in a much-off fragment of the lake five days later by Ventura County search and rescue divers.

Courtesy George Rivera George Rivera and Naya Rivera

Naya drowned after laborious herself while struggling to secure Josey serve into the boat after the 2 went swimming, in accordance to a document launched by the Ventura County Medical Examiner.

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“It’s still slightly grand a large blur of wretchedness nearly a twelve months later,” says George, struggling with serve tears. “Issues are slowly coming a little little bit of more into focal level, nevertheless I fabricate no longer know if I will ever salvage closure from this. I dash away out her each day.”

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