“Somewhat replace Naya, earth is REALLY ghetto now!!!” Riley, 34, began her Instagram tribute to Rivera on Tuesday, January 12. “Nonetheless, I miss you so very a lot and I want you had been right here.”
The “Someone You Loved” singer, who performed Mercedes Jones on the Fox sequence alongside Rivera’s Santana Lopez, continued: “There hasn’t been a day the place you don’t cross my thoughts, and if you do, I take a second of silence to recollect all the attractive moments we obtained to spend collectively.”
Riley stated she was listening to Amy Winehouse and “sippin wine and consuming a really fancy charcuterie [board] in your honor at present,” noting that she can also be “checking on mother” for her.
“HAPPY HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY ANGEL ??,” she concluded.
Morris, 33, who performed Rivera’s onscreen girlfriend, Brittany S. Pierce, shared a throwback photograph of the pair for her tribute.
“I can’t write a sappy monologue as a result of it’s simply too onerous,” she wrote. “However I really like you and I can’t describe how a lot I miss you.”
Fellow Glee castmates Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Chord Overstreet and Jenna Ushkowitz additionally shared candy recollections of Rivera on her birthday through social media, six months after her passing.
Final month, the actress’ former castmates honored her memory with a holiday fundraiser for her favourite charity. A GoFundMe web page titled SNIXXMAS Charity Drive launched in December 2020, with proceeds going to Alexandria Home in Los Angeles, which gives protected housing for girls and kids.
“This 12 months I lost one of my dearest friends, Naya. She all the time impressed me as a result of she by no means let a vacation season go by with out giving again to these in want,” Morris wrote in an emotional letter on Instagram on the time. “We’re protecting Nayas spirit alive this vacation season by elevating funds for one among her favourite organizations, Alexandria Home. Please, give what you’ll be able to and assist unfold Snixxmas cheer.” The GoFundMe web page raised $117,900 for the charity.
Scroll right down to see how Rivera’s former castmates honored her on her birthday.