Naya Rivera, along with Cory Monteith, was an original Glee cast member — she portrays Santana Lopez, who often clashed with Cory's character, Finn Hudson. Naya released the following statement about her friend's passing to The Hollywood Reporter:
"The entire Glee family and I are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed. My heart goes out to Cory’s family and Lea and while we are grateful for everyone's well wishes, privacy during this time of grief is greatly appreciated."