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Rapper Shawty Lo, born Carlos Rico Walker, died in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Atlanta on September 21, 2016.

The accident happened around 2:20 a.m. when Walker, 40, lost control of his Audi A7, went over a guardrail, hit two trees and caught on fire. He was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

He left behind 11 children and thousands of heartbroken female fans, some of whom had hoped to become baby mama No. 12.

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One of Walker's baby mamas was ex-girlfriend Jai Jai, who went on to become a rapper in her own right.

Walker's funeral procession stopped at the Blue Flame Lounge, one of his favorite strip clubs on the outskirts of Atlanta.

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Walker, 2nd from right, was a founding member of the hip hop group D4L. The group reached national prominence in 2005 when their single "Laffy Taffy" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went on to be certified 3X platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In 2007, he released his solo single "Dey Know", which was included on his solo debut album Units in the City, released in 2008. His second studio album, R.I.C.O., was released posthumously in March 2017.

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Monday, September 7, marked 24 years since American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, was shot multiple times by a gang member in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Tupac, stylized 2Pac, died on September 13, 1996 in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 25 years old.

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Fans remembered Tupac on the anniversary of his death on social media Monday. Many posted photos and lyrics in tribute of the fallen warrior. He is pictured above with his younger step sister Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur and god brother, rapper Yaki Kadafi, born Yafeu Akiyele Fula, who was accidentally shot in the head in 1996 at age 19.

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Tupac launched his rap career after moving from New York City to San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. He had achieved modest success by the time he released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991.

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Tupac was one of the pioneers of so-called gangsta rap that glorifies gang culture, sexual promiscuity, misogynistic lyrics, drug culture, sexism, and anti-homosexuality.

Gangsta rap would go on to have a negative impact on young Black boys who quoted Tupac's lyrics that promoted gang violence and degraded women.

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Understanding his impact on young Black youth, Tupac took his music in a different direction with the release of Me Against the World in 1995.

It was his third studio album and was considered his most introspective and thought-provoking work.

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The album included the hits "So Many Tears", "Temptations" and "Dear Mama," in tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur, who died of a heart attack in 2016 at age 69.

Tupac prophesied his own death in the 2nd track off the album, titled "If I Die 2Nite."

    Going insane, never die, I live eternal, who shall I fear?
    Don't shed a tear for me, ni**a, I ain't happy here
    I hope they bury me and send me to my rest
    Headlines reading 'Murdered to death', my last breath.

 

 

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Irish-born rock legend Ian Mitchell has died at age 62, the Bay City Rollers confirmed in a social media post on Wednesday. He is pictured as a teen at the height of his fame in London, England in 1976.

The British musician's death was announced in a post on the band's official Facebook page, which read: "We are deeply saddened by the news of Ian Mitchell's death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Wendy, their family and friends," they said, adding, "Rest In Peace, Ian."

The Bay City Rollers were considered the second coming of the Beatles in the 1970s. Their hit song "Saturday Night" was ignored for two years in Europe until the single hit No. 1 on the U.S. Hot 100 Billboard chart in 1976.

Bay City Roller-mania hit the United States like a tornado when the group arrive on U.S. shores in 1976. Medics and nurses were on duty at all venues because female fans fainted when the group toured the U.S. for the first time.

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Mitchell is pictured far right with bandmates (L-R back) Derek Longmuir and Leslie Mckeown, (L-R front) Eric Faulkner and Stuart "Woody" Wood in August 1976.

Ian, who unlike his bandmates hailed from Northern Ireland, was just 17 when he was recruited by the group to replace bassist Alan Longmuir. Ian spent just seven months with the band before leaving in late 1976 due to apparent infighting among its members. He was replaced by Pat McGlynn.

Ian went on to form the band Rosetta Stone before he quit in 1979. The group continued without him before parting ways in 1984.

In later years, he continued working on solo projects as well as joining in reunions for both the Bay City Rollers and Rosetta Stone.

No cause of death was disclosed.
 

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Black Twitter roasted transracial activist Shaun King for trying to profit off the death of actor Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman died Friday after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

In an email to his subscribers, King wrote: "I hope that you are hanging in there. Yesterday I sent an email checking in on everybody - and just a few hours later we learned of the death of Chadwick Boseman. Life is so very fragile. Tomorrow is not promised."

King then asked his subscribers to purchase his book -- while denying he is selling his book for profit or personal gain.

He wrote: "I hate to even have to say this - but when I write an email like this, it's not for profit, or personal gain. I don't make a dime off of selling books. I was paid a year ago. I write the emails to help get us on the same page."

Black Twitter was enraged that King would stoop that low to use the beloved actor's death for profit.

"Crooker T. Washington is at it again. This time fundraising off Chadwick Boseman’s death," tweeted user @notcapnamerica.

@franklinleonard wrote: "Do not give @shaunking your money, your time, or your respect."

And @VeryWhiteGuy tweeted: "Shaun King is using Chadwicks death to sell books, he claims don’t make him any money. I'm so tired of SK profiting off of Black death."

King, a Caucasian man who insists he is African American, was once celebrated as a social justice activist and ally to the Black community.

But he was exposed as a fraud when a family member revealed both of his parents are white.

As a result, King's fundraisers have come up short of their goals, forcing the activist to scramble to find new ways to support his family's lavish lifestyle.

Black Twitter had a field day adding to the growing list of Shaun King nicknames on Saturday. Our personal favorites are "W.E.B. Defraud" and "Thurgood Partial."

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Chadwick Boseman has passed away following a 4-year battle with cancer, his team announced on social media.

Boseman, 43, died at his home surrounding by family, PEOPLE reports.

"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," the Instagram post read. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV."

"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy."

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The actor was best known for his portrayal of a Black superhero in Marvel Studio's Black Panther (2018).

Boseman is also known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in "42", James Brown in "Get on Up" and Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall."

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Boseman was last seen in public entering a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. in July. He was accompanied by his fiancée, Taylor Simone.

He was hospitalized weeks after fans expressed concern over his skeletal appearance. His drastic weight loss was explained away as weight loss for a movie role.

In 2018, Boseman became emotional when discussing his visit with two young fans who died of cancer before Black Panther was released.

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"Throughout our filming, I was communicating with them, knowing they were both terminal. What they and their parents said to me was, they were trying to hold on 'til this movie comes," he said during an EW SiriusXM Town Hall.

"To a certain degree it's a humbling experience because you're like, this can't mean that much to them," he said. "But seeing how the world has taken this on, I realize they anticipated something great. Thinking back now to when I was a kid, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy I was gonna get a chance to experience, or a video game, I did live life waiting for those moments. It put me back in the mind of being a kid and feeling those two boys' anticipation of this movie."

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RuPaul has broken his silence about the death of RuPaul's Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne who passed away from pneumonia at age 34.

"I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne," RuPaul tweeted on the reality show's account on Thursday, August 20.

"I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy — from our family to hers."

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Chi Chi, born Zavion Davenport, appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race during season 8 in 2016. He returned for RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars in 2018.

In an Instagram post in September 2018, the Shreveport, La. native announced he was diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes hardening of the skin and internal organs.

"Lots of people don't know but I was Recently diagnosed with scleroderma," DeVayne wrote.

"I have been dealing with this over the past eight or nine months but was afraid to expose it to the public in fear of losing out on jobs and facing criticism from friends and fans... but i feel it's finally time to let the world know what's really going on with Chi Chi ... bottling this up has had me in a state of depression ... it has made me hate my appearance .. and also made me stray away from the public eye but I’m no longer hiding and living in a state of fear .. i just ask you all to keep me in your prayers as i battle with this life changing illness."

DeVayne was "rushed to the hospital" in July with possible kidney failure, according to a GoFundMe page created to raise money for medical expenses. DeVayne was "back in the hospital with pneumonia" earlier this month.

DeVayne's family released a statement on Instagram.com that reads:

"On behalf of the Davenport/Wyandon family it is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the world renowned 'Chi Chi Davayne' [...] His final words to his family and friends, 'Never give up!'"

 

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Chicago rapper FBG Duck was shot multiple times by unknown assailants while shopping with friends in the famed Gold Coast area of downtown on Tuesday.

Chicago police spokesperson Tom Ahern said three people were shot on Oak Street around 4:37 p.m. Tuesday.

The 26-year-old rapper and his friends had just exited a store when a black Taurus and a silver Chrysler 300 pulled up. Four shooters got out of the two vehicles and opened fire on the group.

Surveillance video from a nearby convenience store captured the sound of a barrage of gunfire. At least 50 shots were fired at the victims in broad daylight, police say.
 

A bystander captured cellphone video of FBG Duck, real name Carlton Weekly, writhing on the ground as he struggled to take his final breaths before being loaded into an ambulance.

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He was struck in the chest, neck and groin and was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
 

A 36 year-old man and a 26 year-old woman are listed in critical condition at the hospital, said Deputy Police Chief Daniel O'Shea.

Chicago activist Ja'Mal Green told reporters a crowd was forming in front of the hospital. He said the shooting was not random and gang violence was not the norm in the affluent area.

"We don't expect this type of activity in the neighborhood. Our officers were on the scene very quickly and rendered first aid," O'Shea told reporters.

"This area is well policed and this was something that was specifically targeted for these individuals," he said.

"To see this happen in the middle of the day is very disturbing," he added.

FBG Duck was one of Chicago's most popular drill rappers. He was a member of the rap collective "Fly Boys Gang," abbreviated FBG.

Most FBG members are affiliated with the Tooka Gang, a faction of the notorious Gangster Disciples street gang.

FBG Duck was best known for his 2018 independent hit "Slide," which racked up 53 million views on YouTube.

He trended on Twitter in June 2018 after he extended an olive branch to disgraced rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, telling him that he'd be good in the Chi if he came through, according to DJ Vlad.

But his benevolence didn't last long. The rapper blasted 6ix9ine as a "clown" for taking his social media antics too far, according to Vlad.

The two rappers got into a heated argument and exchanged threats on social media.

After Duck was shot in the shoulder in June 2018, Chicago rapper Lil Reese expressed skepticism that he could protect anyone, much less himself in his own city.

"N----s can't tell you good somewhere they ain't even good at," Reese tweeted.

Some say Duck's murder was in retaliation for dissing deceased Chicago gang members on his last song, titled "Dead B*tches," which dropped three weeks ago.
 

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Former Bad Girls Club star Demitra "Mimi" Roche passed away on Wednesday at age 34. Her death was announced by her former colleague and record producer Vince Valholla, founder of Valholla Entertainment.

Roche worked at Valholla Entertainment as vice president of A&R at the independent record label.

"I'm at a loss for words. Don't know what to say," Valholla wrote on Twitter. "Mimi was kind to everyone she came across. She was big dreamer & was part of our Valholla family. I'm heartbroken by the news of her passing. I'm thankful I got to know & work w/her."

Roche, who recently celebrated her 34th birthday, starred in Bad Girls Club season 8, which aired on Oxygen Network in 2012. Roche was known as "Miami Maverick" on the show.

The series centered around a group of women who lived in a mansion for three months.

Roche's death comes nearly 2 weeks after the unexpected death of YouTube star Nicole Thea, 24, who died of a massive heart attack while 8 months pregnant. Her unborn son, named Reign, did not survive.

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Th UK-based dancer and accessories designer died in her home, hours after telling her boyfriend, dancer Global Boga, she was experiencing chest and back pains.

Thea was best known for documenting her first pregnancy in YouTube videos.
 

Thea's mother shared the news with her daughter's 182,000 followers on Instagram.

"To all Nicole's friends and supporters it is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Nicole and her son she and [her partner] Boga named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning," she wrote.

"As a family we ask that you give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened. Thank you her mum RIP My beautiful baby girl Nicnac and my grandson Reign, I will miss you for the rest of my life until we meet again in eternal heaven."

Thea pre-scheduled YouTube videos that her family posted because they believe she would have wanted her fans to view them.
 

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Al B. Sure! is convinced his ex-wife Kim Porter was murdered. Kim died at age 47 from double pneumonia after coming down with the flu in November 2018.

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Kim was married to the R&B singer and the couple shared a son, actor and musician Quincy Brown (right).

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A medical examiner confirmed Kim died from double pneumonia after coming down with a serious case of the flu.

Taking to Instagram, Al B. Sure!, real name Albert Brown, shared an emotional video of the moment he learned of Kim's "murder and how it ripped the soul from my physical body."

"I do know very clearly that #Kimberly didn't just check out all of a sudden over pneumonía. That's some bull sh**. Really? This is where I get in trouble," he wrote. He continued to refer to her death as murder, saying she was strong enough to fight pneumonia.

"We just celebrated our son @Quincy's new deal and Christmas special with @Netflix, and she was in fantastic health as well laughing seeing me and @Diddy's mutual exchange at the theater. I'm going to leave it here," he wrote.

He also tagged Kim's ex, Sean "Puffy" Combs, in the post. Kim and Sean shared twins, D'Lila and Jessie James, and son Cristian Combs.
 

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The body of missing actress Naya Rivera was found using sonar equipment in a deep section of the Lake Piru reservoir in Ventura County, California.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Monday.

The 33-year-old star was reported missing after she rented a pontoon boat and went out on the lake with her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey around lunchtime Wednesday.

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"Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera," the Ventura County Sheriff's Office tweeted on Thursday. "With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her."

In one of her last social media posts, Naya urged her fans to make the most of their lives, writing: "No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."

The day before she went missing, she shared a photo of herself kissing her son. She captioned the image, "Just the two of us."
 

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Actress Kelly Preston passed away after a 2 year battle with breast cancer, her rep announced on Sunday. The 57-year-old star leaves behind her husband, actor John Travolta and their children Ella, 20, and Ben, 9.

Mariah Carey, Maria Shriver, Josh Gad, and Daniel Dae Kim led the tributes to Preston following the actress' death on Sunday, July 12.

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Following the announcement, a host of famous faces took to social media to pay tribute to the late star, with Frozen actor Josh Gad among the first.

"I'm in absolute shock. What a beautiful and amazing actress and person. So sad to hear of her passing at such a young age," he wrote. "My heart goes out to John Travolta and the entire family. What a loss.”

"Sending so much love to you and your family in this heartbreaking moment," Mariah wrote, while Dae Kim, a former co-star of Kelly's, added in his own tribute: "I was lucky enough to work with her on one of my very first films, For Love of the Game. We were shooting on cold days in Colorado, but she couldn’t have been warmer or kinder to a young, nervous actor trying to make good. I'll never forget that. Thank you Kelly."

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Back to the Future star Lea Thompson was another of Kelly's former castmates to remember the actress, sharing pictures from the set of their 1986 movie Space Camp and writing: "I am so very sad to hear of my old friend @therealkellypreston passing. We had so much fun making #spacecamp all those many years ago. She was always full of love and light and Hawaiian breeziness.

"Kelly was so beautiful inside and out. Went way too young. #heartbroken for her whole family #breastcancerawareness is so important. Hold each other close and let's keep fighting for a cure."

And author and activist Maria Shriver wrote: "Shocked by this sad news. Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief. Join me in sending them love and strength.

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The couple is pictured with their two surviving children in 2012. Their son, Jett, died of a seizure at age 16 in 2009 when the family was on vacation in the Bahamas.

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Three adult suspects have been identified in the Feb. 19 murder of rapper Pop Smoke during a home invasion at his rental property.

Police identified the adults as Corey Walker, 19, Keandre D. Rodgers, 18, and Jaquan Murphy, 21. The names of the two juveniles were withheld. Their bail was set at $1 million each.

Walker and Rodgers were booked on suspicion of murder, Murphy was charged with attempted murder.

Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Jackson, was best known for his 2019 gangsta anthem "Welcome to the Party." A remix featured Nicki Minaj.

One of the suspects told police photos Jackson posted on social media revealed his address. One photo showed a male flashing a large amount of cash.

The suspects used their car's GPS navigation system to lead them to Jackson's rental house in the Hollywood Hills.

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The sheriff of Ventura County, Calif. says "Glee" actress Naya Rivera's body may never be recovered from the deep, murky waters of Lake Piru reservoir.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said in a press conference Thursday that the search for the star is hampered by very low visibility and dangerous debris in Lake Piru.

"There's a lot of trees and plants and such that are under the water that can cause entanglements," he said. "It makes it unsafe for the divers and it makes a more complicated search." He added, "It's a very slow going search."

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The sheriff's office released video from a CCTV camera at the dock that shows Naya, 33, and her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, boarding a rental pontoon boat around lunchtime on Wednesday.

Lake staff found Josey sleeping on the boat later that afternoon when Naya missed the deadline to return the boat. He told police they went swimming together but she never returned to the boat.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department deployed air and dive teams to search for the missing actress. Her wallet and identification were found on the boat. Her purse was found in her black Mercedes Benz G Wagon parked at the dock.

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She was presumed drowned on Wednesday, and the search shifted from a rescue to recovery mission on Thursday.

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Naya was born on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing a role on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of 4. She is pictured above at age 22.

She got her big break as Santana Lopez on the long-running Fox television musical series Glee from 2009 to 2015.

She made her feature film debut in the horror flick At the Devil's Door (2014), and starred as Blanca on the third season of the Lifetime television series Devious Maids in 2015.

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Naya signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 2011 and released a single, "Sorry", featuring her ex-fiancé, rapper Big Sean, in 2013.
 

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Glee stars Heather Morris and Harry Shum Jr. urged fans to pray for their former castmate Naya Rivera, after she went missing and is presumed drowned during a boating trip with her minor son on Wednesday.

Heather wrote on her Instagram Story: "We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light."

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Naya was reported missing after she rented a pontoon boat and went out on the Lake Piru reservoir with her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey around lunchtime Wednesday.

When the boat was overdue to return, lake staff went searching for it. They found Josey asleep on board the boat. Naya was nowhere in sight.

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Josey told officers that his mom went for a swim with him but she never returned to the boat.

Authorities will renew their search and rescue mission "at first light" on Thursday morning after suspending the search around midnight.

Captain Eric Buschow, a spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, told reporters that Naya was "presumed drowned", explaining: "We're going on the belief that she did go in the water, and we've not been able to locate her. This may well be a case of drowning. This is a big reservoir, it's deep, these kinds of things happen."

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Naya's fans pleaded with authorities not to suspend the search for the 33-year-old actress.

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Josey's father is Naya's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, whom she divorced in 2018 after four years of marriage. Naya was arrested in 2017 for assaulting Ryan.

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Naya was born on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing a role on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of 4. She is pictured above at age 22.

She got her big break as Santana Lopez on the long-running Fox television musical series Glee from 2009 to 2015.

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Naya, pictured 3rd from left, on location in Manhattan's Washington Square Park with Glee castmates (L-R) Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, and Amber Riley in 2011.

She made her feature film debut in the horror flick At the Devil's Door (2014), and starred as Blanca on the third season of the Lifetime television series Devious Maids in 2015.

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Naya signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 2011 and released a single, "Sorry", featuring her ex-fiancé, rapper Big Sean, in 2013.

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Former Glee actress Naya Rivera is presumed drowned after she went missing during a boating trip with her minor son on Wednesday, July 8.

Naya, 33, rented a pontoon boat for an outing with her four-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, on the Lake Piru reservoir around lunchtime on Wednesday, authorities say.

When the boat was overdue for return, staff at the lake conducted a search and found the actress's son, Josey, sleeping alone on the pontoon boat. His mother was nowhere in sight.

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According to reports, Josey told authorities that he and his mom went for a swim and she never returned to the boat. While Josey was wearing a life vest, Naya was not wearing one, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department deployed air and dive teams to "search for possible drowning victim", which they later confirmed was Naya after her wallet and identification were found on the boat.

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The search for the missing actress was suspended at midnight with plans to continue the search and rescue operation "at first light" on Thursday, the Sheriff's Department tweeted.

"The missing person at Lake Piru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR (search and rescue) operation will continue at first light."

Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow added that Josey, who was initially mistaken for a girl because of his long hair, is in "good health", but "the family is going through a very traumatic time right now".

Police found Naya's wallet and identification on the boat. Her vehicle, a black Mercedes G Wagon, was found in the parking lot with her purse inside.

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Naya shared her son with fellow actor Ryan Dorsey, whom she divorced in 2018 after four years of marriage. She was arrested in 2017 for assaulting Ryan.

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In her 2016 memoir "Sorry, Not Sorry," Naya called her son "my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him."

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She was engaged to rapper Big Sean in 2013, but their relationship ended a year later. They met on Twitter and collaborated musically. He appeared on her debut single "Sorry."

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In a recent post on Instagram, Naya urged her fans to make the most of their lives, writing: "No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."

Naya is best known for her role as Santana Lopez on Fox TV's Glee from 2009 to 2015.

She previously dated Glee co-star Mark Salling who committed suicide in 2018 at age 35 after he was busted on child porn charges.