Naya Rivera Bio, Age, Height, Family, Husband, Children, Disappearance, Career, Net worth

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Naya Rivera Biography

Born in California, USA, Naya Marie  Rivera was an American actress and singer. She was known for her role in Fox television series Glee as Santana Lopez.

Naya Rivera Age

Born on January 12, 1987, Rivera was 33 years old when she passed away.

Naya Rivera Height

Rivera height measurement stands at 5 ft 5 inches.

Naya Rivera Family

Rivera was born to George and Yolanda.

She has a brother named Mychal Rivera and a sister named Nickayla. Mychal is a professional football player while Nickayla is a model.

Naya Rivera Husband

Rivera was married to Ryan Dorsey from 2014 to 2018. She had filed for divorce in 2016 but later, in 2017 called it off. The duo later finalized their divorced in 2018.

Big Sean

The singer dated Big sean from 2013 to 2014. The two were engaged before they ended their relationship.

Naya Rivera Children

Rivera has a son named Josey Hollis Dorsey. Josey was born in September 2015.


She disappeared on July 8, 2020, after going for a boat ride in Lake Piru in Fillmore, California and she has been missing since.  A dive team and police investigation team were dispatched to the area to search for her. The actress had rented a boat and went swimming in Lake Piru with her son. In the area, another boater found Josey, the son of Rivera on the boat alone. The son said that they were swimming with his mother but she did not return to the boat. He had his life jacket on and a second adult life jacket was found on the boat.

Presumed Dead

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office on their press conference after Thursday, July 9, 2020 search, said they had gone from a search a rescue mission to a search and recovery operation.  The count Deputy, Chris Dyer in his statement said: ” We are presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming she drowned in the lake, the goal is still to bring Miss Rivera home to her family.”

Naya Rivera Body Found-Death

On Monday, July 13, 2020, her body was found in Lake Piru, five days after she disappeared. The cause of her death was said to be accidental drowning in the lake.

Naya Rivera Career

Rivera started her acting career when she was a child. Her break out was in 1991 when she got a role in “The Royal Family.” After that, she proceeded to get other small roles in television shows and later became the main act in a popular show Glee.


The actress was a cast member in the following movies:

  • Mad Families (2017) as Felipa Jonas
  • At the Devil’s Door (2014) as Vera
  • Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) as Santana Lopez
  • Frankenhood (2009)
  • The Master of Disguise (2002) as Captain America Kid

TV Shows

She appeared in many television shows among them:

  • Step up: High Water (2018-2020) as Collette Jones
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (2017) as Guest judge
  • American Dad (2016) as Lolo Fuentes on The Unincludeds episode
  • Devious Maids (2015) as Blanca Alvarez
  • Glee (2009-2015) as Santa Lopez
  • CSI: Miami (2008) as Rachel Calvado on Power Trip episode.
  • Girlfriends (2008) Episode: Stand and Deliver
  • 8 Simple Rules (2004) as Nice Girl
  • Soul Food (2003) as Lauryn
  • The Bernie Mac Show (2002-2006) as Donna
  • Even Stevens (2002)
  • The Jersey (1999)
  • Smart Guy (1997, 1999)
  • Baywatch (1996)
  • Live Shot (1995)
  • The Sinbad Show (1993)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Family Matters (1992-1993)
  • The Royal Family (199-1992) as Hillary Winston

Musical career

Columbia Records signed the singer and she released her first single “Sorry” featuring Big Sean. 2Cellos used her vocals on their second album in “Supermassive Black Hole” (2012). She also featured in the music video of the 2Cellos and B2K (2002).


She was the author of Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.

Naya Rivera Net worth

Rivera’s net worth was estimated at $5million.