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It’s a moment that will haunt forever Naya Riverais dad George.
On July 8th last year, his daughter and grandson Josey were traveling by boat on Lake Piru in Southern California when the glee star FaceTimed approached him with a question: Would it be safe to go swimming?
“I could see the wind was blowing and my stomach was just contracting,” he recalled from People magazine. “I kept telling her, ‘Don’t get out of the boat! Don’t get out of the boat! It will drift away when you’re in the water.'”
Just a few minutes later, when their call was dropped, George had “this bad feeling that just killed me”.
Unfortunately, his gut was right. Later that day, Josey was found alone in the boat with Naya, 33, who was nowhere to be found. It would take five days to recover her body, which was found on the surface of the lake in the early hours of July 13th. An autopsy revealed that her cause of death was accidental drowning.