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Detroit's Big Sean pays tribute to former fiance Naya Rivera

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Detroit rapper Big Sean, "still grieving and in shock," was among those mourning last week's death of "Glee" star Naya Rivera -- and with more reason than most.

Big Sean (nee Anderson) began dating and got engaged to Rivera in 2013, after meeting via Twitter. The two separated during early 2014, though he denied rumors of being unfaithful.

In a social media post, Big Sean -- who appeared on Rivera's 2013 single "Sorry" -- wrote, "Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul! Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence. You are a hero! Not just because of how you saved your son, also because of the barriers you knocked down for so many people to make them feel confident in themselves and to stand tall and be proud when they couldn't achieve that on their own.

"I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us for making me wiser and a better person. I'm still grieving and in shock, I can't believe this is real. I'm praying for you and your family and I know your watching over them and protecting them. Rest In Peace Naya."

Rivera, 33, went missing on July 8 during a boat trip on Lake Piru near Santa Clarita, Calif., with her four-year-old son Josey. On July 13 authorities found her body On Monday, after a days-long search in difficult water conditions, the Glee star's body was found in the water, and her death was ruled an accidental drowning. Her son was found on the boat, alone and unharmed

Rivera began her career in 1991, at the age of four, on the CBS sitcom "The Royal Family" and became a star playing Santana Lopez on "Glee" from 2009-2015. Though her music career never took off, she also appeared in films such as "At the Devil's Door" and "Mad Families" and published a revealing memoir, "Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up" in 2016.

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