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Naya Rivera's ex Ryan Dorsey is seen with her son for the first time


The heartbroken ex-husband who misses Naya Rivera consoles his young son for the first time, just a day after the Glee actress disappeared from a California lake where she and her four-year-old son had boated.

Enthusiastic father Ryan Dorsey was seen holding Josey in his arms as they left Naya's sister, model Nickayla Rivera's, home in Valencia, California on Thursday.

Dorsey, who has shared custody of his son after divorcing Glee star Naya in June 2018, was visibly upset earlier in the day when he woke up to the reality of what is happening.

Opening the door Dorsey, 36, was too upset to answer any questions. He simply said that he had to take care of his little son.

Friends said the actor had no idea that his ex-Josey was going to Lake Piru near Santa Clarita on Wednesday.

Dorsey's roommate in Los Angeles told DailyMail.com that Dorsey immediately went to the popular tourist spot as soon as he was told that her son was found alone on a pontoon boat.

The roommate, who did not want to be named, said: “Ryan went there as soon as it was found that his son was taking care of him. When I got home on Wednesday, he was already gone. & # 39;

The broken-hearted ex-husband who misses Naya Rivera consoles his little son for the first time, just a day after the Glee actress disappeared from a California lake where she had taken the four-year-old boat

Enthusiastic father Ryan Dorsey was seen holding Josey in his arms as they left Naya's sister, model Nickayla Rivera's, home in Valencia, California on Thursday

Enthusiastic father Ryan Dorsey was seen holding Josey in his arms as they left Naya's sister, model Nickayla Rivera's, home in Valencia, California on Thursday

Naya's sister Nickayla Rivera is considered a search and rescue mission on Lake Piru, California

Naya's sister Nickayla Rivera is considered a search and rescue mission on Lake Piru, California

Actress Naya Rivera is considered dead after her four-year-old son Josey Hollis was found alone in a boat on Lake Piru, California on Wednesday afternoon

Actress Naya Rivera is considered dead after her four-year-old son Josey Hollis was found alone in a boat on Lake Piru, California on Wednesday afternoon

Rivera is believed dead after her four-year-old son Josey Hollis was found alone in a boat on Lake Piru, California on Wednesday afternoon, the day after she and her son posted a tragic last Instagram (right) that she called "just" referred to the two of us & # 39;

Dorsey, who has shared custody of his son after divorcing Glee star Naya in June 2018, was visibly upset earlier in the day when he woke up to the reality of what is happening. The couple had married in 2014

Dorsey, who has shared custody of his son after divorcing Glee star Naya in June 2018, was visibly upset earlier in the day when he woke up to the reality of what is happening. The couple had married in 2014

He added: "Naya worked in LA, but I don't know where she lived. None of us know more than what is currently being reported.

"Naya had no contact with him. She didn't tell him what she was doing. He had no idea.

"It's a terrible thing and we hope for the best."

Sgt. Kevin Donoghue of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office at Lake Piru said that more than 100 police and first responders are now looking for Naya's body – and the search will take all night.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this terrible time and we hope to bring them to a close," he said.

The search for the Glee star continued on Thursday in the first light.

Helicopters from the Sheriff's Office and the Coast Guard were involved, as well as several dive teams operating from six boats.

On Thursday, when Naya's search and rescue mission switched to a rescue mission, Dorsey spent the day with his son in his former sister-in-law's house.

They ordered food through Uber Eats before Dorsey and Josey left in a black Chevy Tahoe SUV at around 1:00 p.m. to return to his home in North Hills, Los Angeles.

Dorsey, wearing a black t-shirt, black baseball cap, and sunglasses, seemed to be the always supportive father for his little son when he strapped him into a car seat in his car.

Naya welcomed Josey Hollis in 2015 to husband Dorsey, who also appeared in shows like Ray Donavan and Justified.

She called her little son "my greatest success and I will never do better than him" in her 2016 memoir "Sorry Not Sorry".

Rivera and Dorsey divorced in 2018 after Rivera previously applied to end the marriage in 2016, but the couple had initially reconciled.

On Thanksgiving weekend 2017, Rivera, West Virginia, was arrested on suspicion of a household battery against Dorsey. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said Dorsey later asked not to prosecute Rivera.

Former Glee co-star Matthew Morrison defended Rivera when she was arrested, saying that she was a "great mother."

As of Thursday afternoon, the Rivera search and rescue mission will be considered a recovery operation.

Opening the door Dorsey, 36, was too upset to answer any questions. He simply said that he had to take care of his little son

Opening the door Dorsey, 36, was too upset to answer any questions. He simply said that he had to take care of his little son

Friends said the actor had no idea that his ex-Josey was going to Lake Piru near Santa Clarita on Wednesday. Dorsey's roommate in Los Angeles told DailyMail.com that Dorsey immediately went to the popular tourist spot as soon as he was told that her son was found alone on a pontoon boat

Friends said the actor had no idea that his ex-Josey was going to Lake Piru near Santa Clarita on Wednesday. Dorsey's roommate in Los Angeles told DailyMail.com that Dorsey immediately went to the popular tourist spot as soon as he was told that her son was found alone on a pontoon boat

The roommate, who did not want to be named, said: “Ryan went there as soon as it was found that his son was taking care of him. He was gone when I got home on Wednesday. & # 39;

The roommate, who did not want to be named, said: “Ryan went there as soon as it was found that his son was taking care of him. He was gone when I got home on Wednesday. & # 39;

They ordered food through Uber Eats before Dorsey and Josey left in a black Chevy Tahoe SUV at around 1:00 p.m. to return to his home in North Hills, Los Angeles

Dorsey, wearing a black t-shirt, black baseball cap, and sunglasses, seemed to be the always supportive father for his little son when he strapped him into a car seat in his car

They ordered food through Uber Eats before Dorsey and Josey left in a black Chevy Tahoe SUV at around 1:00 p.m. to return to his home in North Hills, Los Angeles. Dorsey, wearing a black t-shirt, black baseball cap, and sunglasses, seemed to be the always supportive father for his little son when he strapped him into a car seat in his car

Naya Rivera in Glee (left) with Heather Morris and Diana Agron in 2009

Naya Rivera in Glee (left) with Heather Morris and Diana Agron in 2009

Rivera had just gone into her social media on July 7th and shared a touching photo of her with her son Josey Hollis. "Just the two of us," she said in the mail

Rivera had just gone into her social media on July 7th and shared a touching photo of her with her son Josey Hollis. "Just the two of us," she said in the mail

This diagram shows where Naya Rivera and her son rented a boat on Lake Piru before the four-year-old was seen alone. The map at the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles, where Rivera lives

This diagram shows where Naya Rivera and her son rented a boat on Lake Piru before the four-year-old was seen alone. The map at the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles, where Rivera lives

The small ship that Naya used is attached to the dock and is marked with a yellow police tape. Sgt. Donoghue said her handbag and ID were found next to her son.

There was also a life jacket on board and her son wore a second life jacket.

He also said investigators have CCTV footage from the dock that only shows Naya and her son boarding the small boat.

"We know that she has been to this lake before and is familiar with it, but we are not sure whether her son was here," he added.

He said the officials were in constant contact with the actress' family.

"As far as we understand, her son is physically well," he said.

"As far as I know, he told investigators that his mother never made it out of the water.

"The search will last all night. We won't be leaving soon."

Rescue workers load into a helicopter on Lake Piru as they continue to search for Rivera

Rescue workers load into a helicopter on Lake Piru as they continue to search for Rivera

A U.S. Coast Guard search helicopter flies over the area as the authorities currently consider the search a recovery measure

A U.S. Coast Guard search helicopter flies over the area as the authorities currently consider the search a recovery measure

Sgt. Kevin Donoghue of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office at Lake Piru said that more than 100 police and first responders are now looking for Naya's body - and the search will take all night

Sgt. Kevin Donoghue of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office at Lake Piru said that more than 100 police and first responders are now looking for Naya's body – and the search will take all night

He said the emergency call from the concession worker who rented Naya the boat is released by the Sheriff's Office.

The concession worker called the police after Naya's three-hour rental had taken 90 minutes to complete. Josey was found sleeping on her floating boat.

When search and rescue teams searched the lake on Thursday, the local sheriffs gave grim details about the lake that Rivera was familiar with and had visited for years.

Ventura County's deputy sheriff, Chris Dyer, said Thursday that Lake Piru was a "haven" for Naya, that she was familiar with the lake and had been going there for years.

At first, the police had hoped to find the actress alive and searched the vast coast and water.

Now, however, they are saying that the mission is a recovery operation.

The officers were in constant contact with Rivera's family as they continued to search for her

The officers were in constant contact with Rivera's family as they continued to search for her

The emergency call from the concession worker who hired Naya the boat is released by the sheriff's office

The emergency call from the concession worker who hired Naya the boat is released by the sheriff's office

Search teams continue to search for the actress in the lake on Thursday

Search teams continue to search for the actress in the lake on Thursday

& # 39; There is currently no evidence of a bad game. This could be a case of drowning, ”said Sheriff's Captain Eric Buschow.

He said it was an employee of the boat hut who found the boat and the child in the northern part of the lake.

"My clue is that the child was found sleeping on the boat," he said at a press conference near the lake on Thursday.

"I've been told that Naya Rivera has been coming here for years and is familiar with the lake. This could be a little haven for them, especially on a Wednesday – nobody is here on a Wednesday, so it's a good day to come . She rented the boat. "

Deputy Sheriff Dyer added, "We don't think she's dead, and it is still a search and rescue operation at the moment. We are looking not only for the water, but also for the coast." We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. "

The executive at the time said that all signs indicate that this is a terrible accident.

Divers are looking for signs of Naya Rivera on Thursday morning in Piru Lake. The Glee actress disappeared after swimming from a pontoon boat she rented with her son

Two of the lifeboats on the water on Thursday morning in search of Rivera, 33

Two of the lifeboats on the water on Thursday morning in search of Rivera, 33

One of the search and rescue boats looking for Naya Rivera on Lake Piru on Thursday morning

One of the search and rescue boats looking for Naya Rivera on Lake Piru on Thursday morning

A larger view of one of the search and rescue boats shows how big the lake is. Eight people have drowned there since 1994

A larger view of one of the search and rescue boats shows how big the lake is. Eight people have drowned there since 1994

The glee star and her son Josey rented a pontoon boat on Lake Piru on Wednesday afternoon, but another boat driver warned three hours later

The glee star and her son Josey rented a pontoon boat on Lake Piru on Wednesday afternoon, but another boat driver warned three hours later

The scene of the search for a boat driver triggered the alarm on Wednesday afternoon and informed the authorities that he had seen the four-year-old sleeping on a floating pontoon boat

The scene of the search for a boat driver triggered the alarm on Wednesday afternoon and informed the authorities that he had seen the four-year-old sleeping on a floating pontoon boat

"There was no collision or evidence of combat," he said. “We use our helicopters, we use our diving teams, we use sonar equipment and our unmanned drone team.

"It is extremely difficult to search this lake. It is 40 to 5 feet deep." Visibility is 8-10 inches a day. It is zero at night. Everywhere you see a buoy on the lake is a low part.

"There are mature trees and debris under the lake. It's been a few years since someone drowned here in Piru Lake that an accident happened in the lake, but it has happened before," he said.

He added that the wind on the lake plays a big role in pushing debris around.

At least eight other people have drowned in the lake since 1994, including a father who died in 2008 after rescuing his daughter who fell into the water. He could get her back on her boat before it drifted away and he died.

Hope: Demi shared a picture of a candle and posted it on Instagram on Thursday & # 39; Please pray for @ nayarivera & # 39; written

Hope: Demi Lovato shared a picture of a candle and posted it on Instagram on Thursday & # 39; Please pray for @ nayarivera & # 39; written

& # 39; Pray & # 39;: Demi Lovato (right) made the stars post messages for Naya Rivera (left), who is believed to be dead after she disappeared on a California lake (pictured together on Glee) .

Oh God! Iqbal Theba, who plays (Principal Figgins), also shared a worried post

& # 39; Pray & # 39;: Demi Lovato (on the right in the picture on the left) made the stars post messages for Naya Rivera (on the left). Iqbal Theba, who played Principal Figgins, also shared a concerned post

Rivera is believed to have "probably drowned" and a search has been started to locate her body

Rivera when she was arrested in 2017 for domestic battery charges. The charges against her were later dropped

Rivera is believed to have "probably drowned" and a search has been started to locate her body. She is pictured on the left in May last year and on the right when she was arrested in 2017 for domestic battery charges. The charges against her were later dropped

Naya Rivera was previously with Big Sean (pictured together in 2013) before finally breaking off their engagement

She also dated Glees Mark Salling (pictured together), who killed himself in 2018 after pleading guilty to child pornography

Naya Rivera previously dated Big Sean (pictured together, left in 2013) before finally breaking off their engagement. She also dated Glees Mark Salling (right), who killed himself in 2018 after pleading guilty to child pornography

In a 1997 Los Angeles Times article, a lifeguard on the lake described how easy it is for inexperienced swimmers to get into trouble on the water.

Child actor and glee star: The life of Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera, four, as Hillary Winston on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family

Naya Rivera, four, as Hillary Winston on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family

Naya Rivera was born on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita to the former model Yolanda Rivera and actor George Rivera.

She started her acting career at the age of only a few months and played as a baby in ads for Kmart before taking on a major role as Hillary Winston on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of four.

Rivera's personal life came into the spotlight during her stay with Glee, which started in 2009.

She started dating Big Sean in April 2013, became engaged in October 2013, but ended the relationship six months later – which later indicated that she had caught cheating with singer Ariana Grande.

When she spoke about the separation in her book, she wrote: "We had been traveling for five days and on the day he was back in LA he said he didn't want to see me.

'Well, I have a key for your house. I go in, go down the stairs and guess which little girl is sitting cross-legged on the couch and listening to music? "It rhymes with" Smariana Schmande ".

Then she started dating Actor Ryan Dorsey, with whom she had made an appointment in her early 20s. The couple married on July 19, 2014 in Cabo, San Lucas, Mexico – using the same date that was set for their marriage to Big Sean.

Seven months later, they announced that they had a son, Josey Hollis, who was born in September 2015.

In November 2016, the couple filed for divorce. They reconciled briefly until November 2017, when Rivera was arrested and charged with a domestic battery crime against Dorsey in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

She reportedly hit him in the head during a dispute over her child, but the charge was later dropped. The couple eventually divorced in 2018 and shared custody of Josey.

Rivera's stay at Glee won her nominations for numerous awards. She had secured her breakthrough at the age of 22 after playing guest roles and recurring TV roles for years in shows like Baywatch and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

During that time, in 2011, she signed with Columbia Records and started a solo singing career. In 2013 she released a single with the rapper Big Sean – with whom she was dating – entitled Sorry.

Rivera made her film debut as Vera in horror film At the Devil & # 39; s Door in 2014 and then returned to television to play Blanca's recurring role in 2015 at Devious Maids.

A year later, at the age of 29, she published her memoir entitled I'm sorry, not sorry: dreams, mistakes and growing up.

Rivera's brother Mychal Rivera is a former NFL player for the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. Her sister Nickayla Rivera is a model.

"Someone will come to the beach, maybe get out a little, step into a deeper hole, or get into a current and panic," said Steve White, lifeguard at Ventura State Beach.

The lake is more comparable to the ocean because it is so big and deep, he said. It contains "deep pillars of cold water that can overwhelm people," the report said.

Rivera's social media has been filled with posts from the couple at home in recent weeks.

Rivera had shared a poignant picture of himself and Josey under the heading "Just the two of us" in a post just one day before she disappeared, which has since generated a lot of sympathy and prayer.

Last week she shared a selfie about appreciating life and writing: "No matter what year, circumstances, or disputes you live in, it's a blessing. Make the most of today and every day you receive. tomorrow is not promised. & # 39;

Some hope that Rivera will be found alive.

Demi Lovato was among the celebrities who gave hope last night and asked her 87 million Instagram followers to "pray for Naya Rivera to be found alive and well".

Rivera's former Glee co-star Heather Morris said, "We need all the prayers we can get to bring our naya back to us … we need your love and your light."

Glee actor Harry Shum Jr., who played Mike Chang, simply wrote "Praying" while Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins) and Max Adler (David Karofsky) also posted worried news on social media.

Zack Teperman, a publicist who said that Rivera was "one of the first people I was allowed to work with," said that he was "totally disbelieving and shocked at the moment."

“I just sent a message to Naya a few weeks ago. This can not be true. Prayers for her little boy, ”he said last night.

Big Sean signaled his concern this morning by liking a series of tweets that prayed for her safety and demanded that the search for her continue.

Rivera was engaged to rapper Big Sean, but they canceled their marriage plans in 2014.

Big Sean was in Rivera's debut single & # 39; Sorry & # 39; to see that was released in September 2013.

Rivera also dated co-star Mark Salling, who committed suicide in 2018 after pleading guilty to child pornography.

In her memoirs, the actress admitted that she was not surprised by his criminal record.

She wrote: "I can't say I was totally shocked. When Mark dropped me, I thought it was the worst, but can you imagine that didn't happen? … and I was lying in bed when the battering ram came through the door? "

The glee cast had been hit by a tragedy back in 2013 when Cory Monteith was found dead in a Canadian hotel room.

In a medical report, the 31-year-old's death was attributed to a lethal dose of heroin and alcohol.

Rivera later described Monteith & # 39; s death as one of her most difficult personal moments and said in an interview in 2016 that "the Cory chapter really blocked me" when she wrote her memoirs.

Rivera was born in 1987 and began her acting career as a baby in ads for Kmart at the age of only a few months, before playing a significant role as Hillary Winston on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of four.

After playing guest roles for years and playing TV roles again and again, Rivera secured her breakthrough in Glee at the age of 22. The role earned her nominations for numerous awards.

During that time, in 2011, she signed with Columbia Records and started a solo singing career. In 2013 she released a single with the rapper Big Sean – with whom she was dating – entitled Sorry.

Rivera gab 2014 ihr erstes Filmdebüt als Vera im Horrorfilm At the Devil's Door und kehrte dann ins Fernsehen zurück, um 2015 die wiederkehrende Rolle von Blanca bei Devious Maids zu spielen.

Der Piru-See ist ein Reservoir im Los Padres National Forest und im Topatopa-Gebirge, das 1955 angelegt wurde.

Naya Rivera ist abgebildet = auf einer Golden Globe Party im Jahr 2016

Naya Rivera in einer Episode von Glee, die 2009 ausgestrahlt wurde

Naya Rivera ist links auf einer Golden Globe-Party im Jahr 2016 und rechts in einer Episode von Glee zu sehen, die 2009 ausgestrahlt wurde

Naya Rivera (links) mit Co-Star Lea Michele in einer Episode von Glee, die im März 2014 ausgestrahlt wurde

Naya Rivera (links) mit Co-Star Lea Michele in einer Episode von Glee, die im März 2014 ausgestrahlt wurde

Der Glee-Fluch: Wie die fröhlichste Fernsehsendung von Tragödien und Skandalen geplagt wurde … einschließlich Drogenüberdosierungen, Pädophilie, Selbstmord, häuslicher Gewalt und Mobbing am Set

Von Ciara Farmer für MailOnline

Während Glee leicht eine der fröhlichsten Shows war, die jemals auf Fernsehbildschirmen gezeigt wurden, hat sich hinter den Kulissen ein trüber Fluch unter seiner unruhigen Besetzung und Crew seit langem durchgesetzt.

Am Donnerstag wurde bekannt, dass einer der Hauptdarsteller der Serie, Naya Rivera, die Santana Lopez spielte, als tot angesehen wurde, nachdem ihr vierjähriger Sohn allein in einem Pontonboot auf dem Lake Piru in Kalifornien gefunden worden war.

Die herzzerreißenden Nachrichten gehören zu einer Reihe von Herzschmerzzuständen und Schrecken im Zusammenhang mit dem Programm, darunter Cory Monteiths versehentliche Überdosis Drogen im Jahr 2013, Nayas Ex-Freund Mark Sallings Verurteilung wegen Besitzes von Kinderpornografie und anschließendem Selbstmord sowie die jüngsten Gerüchte über Unruhen am Set.

Das Programm lief sechs Spielzeiten von 2009 bis 2015 und während seiner gesamten Sendezeit und in den folgenden Jahren war das Trauma oberstes Gebot – was zu Behauptungen eines „Glee-Fluches“ führte.

Nicht so Glee-ful: Während Glee leicht eine der fröhlichsten Shows war, die jemals auf Fernsehbildschirmen gezeigt wurden, hat sich hinter den Kulissen ein trüber Fluch unter seiner unruhigen Besetzung und Crew durchgesetzt (siehe obere Reihe LR: Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum) Jr., Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron, Iqbal Theba, Heather Morris, Chris Colfer und Jane Lynch. Untere Reihe LR: Kevin McHale, Mark Salling (Boden), Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele und Matthew Morrison im Jahr 2011 )

Nicht so Glee-ful: Während Glee leicht eine der fröhlichsten Shows war, die jemals auf Fernsehbildschirmen gezeigt wurden, hat sich hinter den Kulissen ein trüber Fluch unter seiner unruhigen Besetzung und Crew durchgesetzt (siehe obere Reihe LR: Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum) Jr., Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron, Iqbal Theba, Heather Morris, Chris Colfer und Jane Lynch. Untere Reihe LR: Kevin McHale, Mark Salling (Boden), Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele und Matthew Morrison im Jahr 2011 )

NAYA RIVERAS VERDÄCHTIGTES DROWNING UND ARREST

Am Donnerstag, dem 8. Juli, wurde bekannt, dass Naya Rivera heute vermisst und für tot gehalten wurde, nachdem ihr vierjähriger Sohn allein auf einem Boot gefunden worden war. Der Star und ihr Sohn Josey mieteten am Mittwoch ein Pontonboot auf dem Piru-See, aber drei Stunden später warnte ein anderer Bootsfahrer, nachdem er gesehen hatte, wie das Schiff driftete und das Kind an Bord schlief.

Naya Rivera spielte Santana Lopez

Naya Rivera spielte Santana Lopez

Cops found Rivera's life vest on the boat and believe that 'she did go in the lake' to go swimming, acknowledging that 'this may well be a case of drowning'. Her car was reportedly found nearby.

Four-year-old Josey has told investigators that he got back on the boat and his mother did not, but the circumstances are unclear and cops say it is 'challenging' to interrogate a toddler.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department confirmed last night that the missing woman was 33-year-old Rivera, who starred in 113 episodes of the hit musical series from 2009 to 2015.

Divers and helicopters were scouring the reservoir until darkness fell but no trace of Rivera has been found and the search has been halted until first light.

Naya welcomed son, Josey Hollis, with then-husband Ryan Dorsey in 2015. She called her young son 'my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him' in her 2016 memoir 'Sorry Not Sorry.'

Rivera and Hollis divorced in 2018, after Rivera had applied to end the marriage in 2016 but they had initially reconciled. On Thanksgiving weekend 2017, Rivera was arrested in West Virginia on suspicion of domestic battery against Dorsey. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said Dorsey later asked that Rivera not be prosecuted.

Heartache: On Thursday, it was revealed that one of the show's lead stars, Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez , was presumed dead after her son, four, was found alone in a pontoon boat on Lake Piru in California (Pictured: Naya and Josey, on Friday)

Lost love: Naya welcomed son, Josey Hollis, with then-husband Ryan Dorsey in 2015. She called her young son 'my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him' in her 2016 memoir 'Sorry Not Sorry' (Pictured: Naya and Ryan, in 2015)

Heartache: On Thursday, it was revealed that one of the show's lead stars, Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez , was presumed dead after her son, four, was found alone in a pontoon boat on Lake Piru in California (PICTURED, LEFT, ON FRIDAY, WITH HER SON JOSEY, RIGHT, IN 2015, WITH EX-HUSBAND RYAN DORSEY)

CORY MONTEITH'S FATAL DRUG AND DRINK BATTLE

In what was the start of the show's behind-the-scenes demise, on 13 July 2013, Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, was found dead of a drugs overdose aged 31 in his Vancouver hotel room, after taking a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. Four months before his death he had completed a stint in rehab.

Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson

Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson

Cory was dating Lea Michele at the time of his death. After news broke of his overdose, it was revealed that Lea rang his mother, hysterical and screaming: 'Is it true?' Following his passing, she released a statement.

Through her representative, the actress said: 'Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she's received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory's passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together.'

Lea, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich, began dating Cory in 2012, and after his death, she said: 'There was no greater man than Cory. So, for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky.'

Five years after his death, Cory's mother Ann McGregor insisted her son had been on pain medication following dental work to cap his teeth in the weeks before his overdose and that he 'never meant to die'.

She said he had battled his fair share of demons from a young age, drinking and smoking marijuana from 13, and with two stints in rehab by the time he was 19. While he managed to get clean for a time, he fell back into bad habits when he went to Hollywood.

Ann, who admitted her son began using drugs again in December 2012, seven months before his death, said: 'He wasn't ready for the Hollywood world. Drugs were his way of checking out'. After his death, she said: 'I still can't pick up the pieces. My world totally stopped. And I'm a different person than I was before.'

Heartbreaking: Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show and dated his co-star Lea Michele up to the time of his death, was found dead of a drugs overdose aged 31 in his Vancouver hotel room (Pictured: Cory and Lea in 2012)

Troubled: Four months before his death Cory had completed a stint in rehab (Pictured: Cory in 2010)

Heartbreaking: Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show and dated his co-star Lea Michele up to the time of his death, was found dead of a drugs overdose aged 31 in his Vancouver hotel room, after taking a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol (PICTURED, LEFT, WITH LEA IN 2012, RIGHT, IN 2010)

MARK SALLING'S HORRENDOUS CHILD PORN CONVICTION AND DEATH

The most horrific of the show's woes was undoubtedly Mark Salling's 2015 arrest and subsequent conviction in 2017 for possession of more than 50,000 images and 600 videos which showed girls, some of whom as young as three, being raped. It was described as 'the worst pornography collection the nation has seen'.

Mark Salling played Noah "Puck" Puckerman

Mark Salling played Noah 'Puck' Puckerman

Salling, who played Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on the show, had tried to conceal them by masking his IP address and storing them on an encrypted hard drive. They were revealed to police by an ex-girlfriend who he showed them to. She was sickened and notified authorities. In his plea deal, the extent of his collection was described in harrowing detail.

He was found dead from suicide by hanging on 30 January 2018 near his home in Sunland, Los Angeles. His death came shortly before his sentencing, which was due to take place on March 7. He had attempted suicide the previous year by slashing his wrists, after which he was treated for psychological problems.

Salling dated Naya from 2007 to 2010. In her 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, the actress admitted that she was not surprised by his horrendous convictions.

She wrote: 'I can't say I was totally shocked. When Mark dumped me, I thought it was the worst thing ever, but can you imagine if that didn't happen?…

'And I was laying there in bed when the battering ram came through the door?'

Prior to his death, in January 2013, Salling's ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela accused him of sexual battery by forcing her to have unprotected sex without consent. He denied the charges and filed a countersuit for defamation. In March 2015, they out of court with judges ordering him to pay her $2.7million.

Horror: The most horrific of the show's woes was undoubtedly Mark Salling's 2015 arrest and subsequent conviction in 2017 for possession of more than 50,000 images and 600 videos which showed girls, some of whom as young as three, being raped (Pictured: Arriving at court in December 2017)

Shocking: He dated Naya from 2007 to 2010. In her 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, the actress admitted that she was not surprised by his horrendous convictions (Pictured: The former couple in 2009)

Horror: The most horrific of the show's woes was undoubtedly Mark Salling's 2015 arrest and subsequent conviction in 2017 for possession of more than 50,000 images and 600 videos which showed girls, some of whom as young as three, being raped (PICTURED, LEFT, ARRIVING AT COURT IN DECEMBER 2017, RIGHT, WITH EX NAYA RIVERA IN 2009)

LEA MICHELE'S DRAMA BEHIND THE SCENES

Lea Michele, who played Rachel Berry on the show, has been plagued with rumours in recent weeks, after a host of cast and crew members have come forth to accuse the leading lady of bullying on-set.

Accusations of on-set bullying began with a tweet from Lea's co-star Samantha Ware last month, accusing her of being rude to her on-set and behaving with 'traumatic microaggressions'.

Lea Michele played Rachel Berry

Lea Michele played Rachel Berry

Others then piled on to the actress with allegations of their own, including Heather Morris, Dabier Snell and Yvette Nicole Brown. Lea was subsequently dropped by her sponsor, HelloFresh.

Morris, 33, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on the Ryan Murphy show, claims Michele was 'very' unpleasant to work with, saying: 'Was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out.'

Lea apologised and said she has 'never judged others by their background or color of their skin.' She also insisted she will learn from the mistakes she has made so she 'can be a real role model for my child' when she gives birth in a couple of months.

Naya and Lea famously had on-set friction, with the former writing in her book: 'One of the Glee writers once said that Lea and I were like two sides of the same battery and that about sums us up. We are both strong willed and competitive – not just with each other but with everyone – and that's not a good mixture…

'We're all stressed, yes, but we're all working toward the same goal, so laugh it off and keep it movin'. Lea was a lot more sensitive, though, and it seemed like she blamed me for anything and everything that went wrong.'

Shocker: Lea Michele, who played Rachel Berry on the show, has been plagued with rumours in recent weeks, after a host of cast and crew members have come forth to accuse the leading lady of bullying on-set and has since been dropped as an ambassador for Hello Fresh (pictured promoting the brand)

Shocking: Accusations of on-set bullying began with a tweet from Lea's co-star Samantha Ware (pictured) last month, accusing her of being rude to her on set and behaving with 'traumatic microaggressions'

Shocker: Lea Michele, who played Rachel Berry on the show, has been plagued with rumours in recent weeks, after a host of cast and crew members have come forth to accuse the leading lady of bullying on-set (PICTURED, LEFT, LEA FRONTING HELLO FRESH, RIGHT, SAMANTHA WARE ON GLEE SET)

CREW MEMBERS' PASSING: 'WE'VE LOST ANOTHER ONE'

Between 2013 and 2014, the show saw three heartbreaking deaths. Three months after Cory's 2013 death, assistant director Jim Fuller passed away in his sleep, from heart failure.

Production assistant Nancy Motes

Production assistant Nancy Motes

In Season Four, a subtle shout-out was given to Jim, while Glee cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo wrote on Twitter after his death: 'This is such sad news. Jim was such a great guy and was so good to me always.'

Then in 2014, the cast were left 'devastated' by the death of the production assistant Nancy Motes, the sister of Julia Roberts. Nancy died aged 37, after drowning in a bath on February 9, 2014. She was found surrounded by non-prescription and prescription pills, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.

She claimed in her suicide note that the actress was so cruel that she 'drove me into the deepest depression I've ever been in'. She described the Oscar-winning star as a 'so-called sibling' who should get nothing if she died – except the memory that she pushed her over the edge.

In the handwritten note, which was used as evidence in court amid a legal battle over her estate, Nancy said that Roberts' abuse had been so bad that 'I burst into tears because I wake up'.

Following Nancy's tragic death, fellow production assistant Cristina Lageman spoke to MailOnline about Jim's death, Nancy's suicide and the concerns over 'a curse' on the show'.

Cristina said: 'She was such a good friend to me. It's just shocking. Yes, she had her own little struggles, but when we got together, we just bonded and she never let them get to her. It's such a shock, what with Cory passing last year, then we had a crew member, Jim Fuller, die. Now we've got this hit and it's almost too much.

'Glee was like a family. We spent 12 hours a day together. We would refer to each other as The Glee Family. Colleagues have been posting on Facebook: 'We've lost another one.'

Further pain: Production assistant Nancy Motes, the sister of Julia Roberts, died aged 37, after drowning in a bath on February 9, 2014. She was found surrounded by non-prescription and prescription pills, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner (JULIA ROBERTS AND HER SISTER NANCY PICTURED IN 2002)

Further pain: Production assistant Nancy Motes, the sister of Julia Roberts, died aged 37, after drowning in a bath on February 9, 2014. She was found surrounded by non-prescription and prescription pills, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner (JULIA ROBERTS AND HER SISTER NANCY PICTURED IN 2002)

Heartbreaking: She claimed in her suicide note that the actress was so cruel that she ‘drove me into the deepest depression I’ve ever been in’. She described the Oscar-winning star as a 'so-called sibling' who should get nothing if she died - except the memory that she pushed her over the edge

Heartbreaking: She claimed in her suicide note that the actress was so cruel that she 'drove me into the deepest depression I've ever been in'. She described the Oscar-winning star as a 'so-called sibling' who should get nothing if she died – except the memory that she pushed her over the edge

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