Amber Riley Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera With a Touching Performance

Amber Riley Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera With a Touching Performance
Amber Riley Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera With a Touching Performance
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Amber Riley Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera With a Touching Performance

“I didn’t make it 15 seconds before I was a puddle."

Amber Riley delivered a touching tribute to her late friend and Glee co-star Naya Rivera on Thursday evening. The singer, whose self-titled EP drops Oct. 2, performed one of her new songs, “A Moment,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, backed by photos and memories from Rivera’s life.

"I didn’t make it 15 seconds before I was a puddle," Riley later tweeted. "I love you Naya. RIP Angel."

Rivera died in a tragic accident last month while visiting Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son Josey.

Riley has shared several tributes to her "favorite duet partner" since her friend’s passing, including reposting a video of Rivera singing with her son.

“I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings,” Riley wrote.

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Later in July, Riley shared an Instagram gallery of stills from her Glee duets with Rivera. "I’m so mad the world will never see how high you could have soared," she wrote in the caption. "Her brain was brilliant. She was smart and as quick as a whip. Always had me in stitches, we would be in tears laughing so hard at one another."

"I’ve cried until my tear ducts have dried out, now it’s time to celebrate the fact that us mere humans got to experience walking through life with an earth angel. Rest well. I pray you found the peace we all are searching for."

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Best duets on the show! PERIODT! Couldn’t tell us shxt 😂 Honorable mention, Troubletones, @heatherrelizabethh and @littlelengies 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 miss you baby girl and I love you #NayaRivera I’m so mad the world will never see how high you could have soared. Her brain was brilliant. She was smart and as quick as a whip. Always had me in stitches, we would be in tears laughing so hard at one another. - There was never competition, or shade, or intimidation with us. Just pure adoration and mutual respect. You deserved better. You were so much more than just this show. Your talent outshined us all so many times! - Favorite Naya Moment: tour bus to London, Naya greasing her scalp with Doo Gro oil, a plastic cap and a silk bonnet 😂 my sister said “oh Naya you blackity black black” we burst out into laughter! We needed it too because we just wanted to get home to our families. We were alike in that way. We love hard, and protect our own, and we don’t take no shit from anyone (Kevin is literally the byproduct of US 😂) We can either slice you with our words, or bring you comfort with that same breath. Dealer’s choice. I say your name everyday and hold you in my heart, just like I do Cory. - We are working as a cast and crew and a family to come together and show love, and it’s all because of you. Your presence brought so much excitement, so much passion, so much joy, and in your absence you’re STILL holding us accountable and getting us together. I’ve cried until my tear ducts have dried out, now it’s time to celebrate the fact that us mere humans got to experience walking through life with an earth angel. Rest well. I pray you found the peace we all are searching for. - Please keep Naya’s family in your prayers. Please be mindful of the things you say to them or messages you send. If it’s anything beyond condolences and words of encouragement, keep it to yourself. All they need is love and good energy and support right now. We clear? Cool. Thank you 🙏🏾

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