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Heather Morris has a message for “Glee” fans who mourn the death of Naya Rivera: “You are not alone.”

Morris, 33, wrote those words in an Instagram post on Sunday featuring a tearful discussion of mourning Rivera, who died tragically last month at the age of 33 and celebrates the relationship duo on-screen history.

“I want you to know that we are all here with you, that grief looks different to everyone and I want you to be gentle and kind to yourself for the time being,” Morris told fans in the video. “I think many of you can feel very far away and I hope this message helps you feel closer.”

“Recently, I feel a lot of weight. I feel a pain in my heart to connect with my fans, to connect with everyone who is feeling a little bit lost and a little confused during this time. “, she said.

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In a series of tragic events last month, Rivera disappeared from the boat she hired with her 4-year-old son, Josey, at Lake Piru in Ventura County on July 8. After a towing search Over the course of several days, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced on July 13 that a body was found in the lake, Rivera.

In the video on Instagram, Morris mirrors “Glee” character Brittany Pierce’s relationship with Rivera’s Santana Lopez, a groundbreaking example of LGBTQ representation on television for Fox’s show.

Morris says there is little reason to explain the importance of relationships on screen “because most of you feel like the gateway to your current life. Most of you feel that it is. inspiration to become your best self. “

Morris continued: “I want you to know that it never went away for me. That was never gone for Naya. We both know how special it is. I think she is.” I know a little more than I do, I really feel that a lot.Then with all the messages and all the people reaching out, and I know the writers know that too. for the fans. “

The “Glee” star tried to hold back her tears as she explained, “I know many of you feel so out of place and far from what happened, maybe a little bit confused. And that’s the point. It’s okay. But I feel like it owes you all. “

“I want to thank all of you for your support and support for Santana and Brittany’s relationship,” Morris said. “Because without you it would never exist. You helped create something for the writers and, for Naya and me, it created an impact that will last throughout. life and beyond. “

Rivera herself told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 about the televised relationship, “I got so many stories from people that the plot really touched them and became their home. created for me a fan base that I never thought I would have. .. It’s great to know that there are people out there that are important and your work is important too. “

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