Naya Rivera's son Josey has been gifted a college fund by her former Glee castmates in a moving tribute following her tragic death.

The beloved actress, 33, was confirmed dead on Monday by Ventura County Police department after her body was found in Lake Piru on day six of the search.

Actors Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan shared a joint statement in The Hollywood Reporter as they honoured Naya's memory.

They said they "are currently in the process of creating a college fund" for Josey.

In the emotional statement, they penned: "Our hearts go out to her family, especially her mom, Yolanda, who was a big part of the Glee family and her son Josey.

Naya Rivera's son survived the horrific ordeal which saw her drown after saving him

"The three of us are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all.

"Naya could act, she could dance, and she could sing (could she ever sing!) She could nail a joke as well as she could crush you with an emotional scene."

They added: "She could move between being scary tough and deeply vulnerable with ease. She was a joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around."

Naya's Glee castmates have joined forces to set up a college fund for her son Josey
Naya's castmates and family members out at the lake in which she drowned

Naya was best known for playing cheerleader Santana Lopez on Glee.

Her castmates remembered her “numerous iconic” performances on the singing show.

They continued: “Her greatest Glee legacy is probably the humour and humanity that she brought to Santana’s relationship with her best friend and eventual girlfriend/wife Brittany (played by Heather Morris)."

Naya was best known for playing cheerleader Santana Lopez on Glee

They added: “It was one of the first times an openly lesbian, high school relationship was seen on network television and Naya understood what ‘Brittana’ meant to the many young women who were seeing themselves represented on television for the first time.

“Naya always made sure that Santana’s love for Brittany was expressed with dignity, strength and with pure intentions.

“She was warm and caring and fiercely protective of the rest of the cast. She was tough and demanding. She was fun. She was kind. She was generous.”

Naya saved her four-year-old son Josey before drowning

Police said Naya found the strength to save her four-year-old son before she drowned in the lake.

One of the last things she did before she died was muster up enough energy to boost her son up on the boat, but sadly she couldn't find the strength in her to get up on the boat herself.

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