Rivera was first identified as the missing person involved in a possible drowning at Lake Piru on July 8 after her 4-year-old son was found alone in their rented boat. The search and rescue operation continued for five more days amid low water visibility and numerous obstacles on the lake bottom.
Rivera is best known for her groundbreaking role as Santana Lopez on the Fox series “Glee,” playing the character from 2009 until the show’s finale in 2015. As part of the “Glee” cast, she received several nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Grammys and Teen Choice Awards.
Born on Jan. 12, 1987, in Valencia, Calif., Rivera — who was of Puerto Rican, African American and German descent — appeared in commercials as