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People grieve in different ways. Naya Rivera's sister Nickayla Rivera (left) responded to reports that she moved in with Ryan Dorsey, Naya's ex-husband and the father of her son, Josey.

Naya died tragically during a boating trip with her young son in July. But reports surfaced recently that her sister Nickayla moved in with Ryan to "help raise" Josey.

Ryan and Nickayla live together in a three-bedroom home -- prompting rampant speculation that Nickayla and Ryan were more than friends and that their relationship probably drove Naya to take her own life.

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Nickayla responded to the reports in an Instagram post, asking for "compassion" and explaining that her priority is little Josey (pictured with Naya in February 2019).

"In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends & family," Nickayla wrote.

"Showing up for my nephew, even though I can't show up for myself. Im not concerned with the ways things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure. What matters most I've learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others and never take a moment for granted. I hope you all can do the same."

A friend told Entertainment Tonight that Nickayla has been helping to raise little Josey, and that moving in with Ryan made the most sense.

The source tells ET there is no romance between the couple.

"They simply share the same goal-to give Josey the best childhood possible and to raise him the best they can without Naya. They've also found comfort in one another because they understand what each other is dealing with and they know how exhausting it can be to be grieving in the public eye while trying to keep it together for Josey."

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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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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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The search for missing Glee actress Naya Rivera has shifted from a rescue to a recovery effort, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a press conference Thursday.

The 33-year-old star 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.

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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.

Authorities suspended the search for the actress around midnight - an action that angered her fans.

"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."

Captain Eric Buschow told reporters Josey was in good health and "The family is going through a very traumatic time right now."

He said one adult life vest was found on the boat - an indication that Naya wasn't wearing one when she went into the water.

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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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Naya's fans pointed out the words are the same as the title of a rap song by Eminem about a mother who drowns in a lake.

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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.

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