Nickayla Rivera has paid tribute to her sister, “Glee” star Naya Rivera, after her tragic death in a boating accident earlier this month.
In her first Instagram post since Rivera, 33, went missing at Lake Piru in Southern California on July 8, the 25-year-old model, shared a childhood black-and-white photo of herself kissing her big sister.
“Sister, There are no words to describe my love for you. Side by side or miles apart, our connection is infinite. Our bond is unbreakable. We were complete opposites, yet simultaneously the same. The yin to my yang. I never knew that by losing you, I would find so much of you in myself,” she captioned the image.
“I’ve never known a life without you in it & still can’t imagine it. My world is turned upside down. But through it all, everything we were, we are still. I’ll always look at you with the same eyes as I did when I was young. My shmaya, I’ll love you for eternity & miss you every second of my life.
Authorities were alerted to the “Glee” star’s disappearance after her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, was found alone on a boat that was overdue for return. Officials said Josey told them his mother had been swimming and never returned to the vessel. After days of searching, Naya Rivera’s body was recovered on July 13; her death was declared an accidental drowning.
Naya Rivera was featured on her sister’s Instagram in the past, including in May 2019 in a photo of the two with their brother, former NFL player Mychal Rivera.
Josey’s father, Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, also broke his silence on Saturday with a heart-wrenching post, saying, “This is so unfair...there’s not enough words to express the hole left in everyone’s hearts.” Many of Rivera’s former “Glee” co-stars, including her close friend Heather Morris, have written messages as they process her death.