Kristin Chenoweth in tears as she pays emotional tribute to ‘sweet’ Glee co-star Naya Rivera

Kristin Chenoweth shared her tearful reaction to the death of Naya Rivera (Picture: Instagram)

Actress Kristin Chenoweth was in floods of tears as she reacted to the tragic news of Naya Rivera’s death on Monday.

Naya, 33, was declared dead on Monday after her body was found in Lake Piru, four days after she went missing on a boating trip with her son.

Following the confirmation, fans and co-stars have been sharing their tributes, with Kristen, 51, taking to Instagram Story to share her shock at the heartbreaking loss.

The talented star had a guest role on several episodes in the hit show Glee and she reminisced on working with Naya.

She sobbed: ‘A long time ago, I was invited to be a guest star on a show called Glee, and I had the honor of meeting all my babies, those kids who still make me proud.

‘And I want them to know I still love them, and I’m proud of them.’

‘And with Naya gone, I know how that hurts them,’ she continued tearfully. ‘She was such a sweet, sweet child, and to see her singing with her baby really gets me.’

The Wicked star went on to reflect on the loss of her ‘longest and oldest friend’ John Sawyer, who passed away on Mother’s Day this year.

Kristen admitted: ‘I thought maybe John was up in heaven, with her, preparing the way.

Kristin Chenoweth in tears as she pays emotional tribute to ‘sweet’ Glee co-star Naya Rivera (Picture: FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)

‘I just want to tell y’all not to lose hope, it’s gonna be ok. And if you need to have a big cry like I’m doing right now, then do it. Do it.’

Taking to Instagram afterwards, she shared a picture of Naya and Josey as she wrote: ‘Thank you for what you gave the world. I love you.’

Naya Rivera’s death has been ruled as drowning (Picture: AP)

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar commented: ‘This is heartbreaking. 2020 you are awful.’

While musician Natasha Bedingfield added: ‘Such a Terrible loss . Sending so much love to her little son and family xxx’.

And actress Rita Wilson wrote: ‘This is so tragic. I didn’t know her but knew her work and she was a shining star.’

Tributes have continued to flood in for Naya, with Glee’s creators revealing they have set up a college fund for her son Josey.

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