Things We Saw Today: Glee Cast Honored Naya Rivera on What Would Have Been Her 34th Birthday

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 09: Actress Naya Rivera attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' And Legendary Pictures' '42' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

On what would have been her birthday, several former Glee cast members took to social media to pay tribute to the late Naya Rivera, who died last year in a tragic accident, leaving behind her young son.

 

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In addition to the heartfelt tributes, Amber Riley, who played Mercedes and was a frequent duet buddy of Rivera, also set up a fundraiser in Rivera’s honor that took place in early December to carry on the actress’s legacy of charity.

“Naya had a Christmas party every year called Snixxmas, and she would raise money. She would take Josey, her son, and she would go down to Alexandria House — this was the transitional house for women and children,” Amber Riley told PEOPLE. “She would volunteer her time. She wasn’t just giving money, but she had a heart for people.”

Riley added of the fundraiser: “During a pandemic, being able to do that in her name, I know we are making her proud. And we vow to make her son proud too, and remember her legacy. That’s our goal.”

It is still so strange to believe she’s gone.

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Wow, it is only Wednesday.

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