Naya Rivera’s Father Sadly Recalls ‘Heartbreaking’ FaceTime Call Just Before She Disappeared: I Kept Telling Her ‘Don’t Get Out Of The Boat’
As the one-year anniversary of actress Naya Rivera’s passing approaches, her father is recalling their final phone conversation.
As previously reported, the Glee star tragically drowned last July during a boating trip with her son, Josey, now 5. He survived and was found sleeping in the boat alone.
Now, her dad, George Rivera, has revealed that she FaceTimed him just moments before she disappeared.
He told PEOPLE,
“She would always bounce stuff off me. And she wanted to go swimming with Josey out in the middle of the lake.”
“I could see that the wind was blowing and my stomach was just cringing. I kept telling her, ‘Don’t get out of the boat! Don’t get out of the boat! It will drift away when you’re in the water.'”
He said their call disconnected roughly three minutes later.
“It was just heartbreaking.”
“I had this bad feeling that was just killing me.”
“It’s still pretty much a big blur of pain almost a year later. Things are slowly coming a little more into focus, but I don’t know if I’ll ever find closure from this. I miss her every day.”
Continued prayers for Naya Rivera’s family and loved ones.