When Glee premiered back in 2009, I doubt anyone quite knew there would be a fiery, sassy, and strong Latina woman to break barriers throughout all six seasons of the hit musical show. Naya Rivera played Santana Lopez: a cheerleader of The Cheerios squad, beloved glee club member, beyond talented singer, and queer icon. Rivera's role on the show as an Afro-Latina lesbian woman gave a whole new meaning to "diversity" on the show, and her representation meant so much to fans. In honor of Rivera's life, here are some of her best moments on Glee.

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Chris Colfer and Naya Rivera

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After the tragic passing of Naya Rivera, her Glee co-stars shared their grief and mourning in a number of ways. One such co-star, Chris Colfer wrote a touching tribute for Naya in Variety, where he described the joys of working alongside her.

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(DEVELOPING STORY) Celebrities and former Glee co-stars are mourning the loss of Naya Rivera on social media. The actress' death was confirmed Monday afternoon during a press conference at Lake Piru.

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(BREAKING NEWS) The Ventura Co. Sheriff's Office confirmed that they have found Naya Rivera's body in Lake Piru six days after she was reported missing. She has been declared dead at 33.

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