Birth Name: Naya Marie Rivera
Date of Birth: January 12, 1987
Place of Birth: Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Death: July 8, 2020
Place of Death: Lake Piru, Ventura County, California, U.S.
*50% Puerto Rican
Naya Rivera was an American actress, singer, and model. She played Santana Lopez on the television show Glee.
Naya was the daughter of Yolanda Marie (White), a model, and George Michele Rivera. Her father is of Puerto Rican and German descent. Her mother is of half black and half Puerto Rican ancestry. Naya had stated this on the talk show The View. She described herself as “half Puerto Rican, a quarter German, and a quarter African American.”
She was the sister of professional football player Mychal Rivera and runway model Nickayla Rivera. Pictures of her brother can be seen here.
Naya had a son with her former husband, actor Ryan Dorsey. She was also credited as Naya Rivera Dorsey.
Naya’s maternal grandmother was named Clara Esther White.