Naya Rivera's bereaved father reveals that just before she drowned, he FaceTimed with her

Naya Rivera's Grieving Father

Since his daughter's tragic drowning death, Naya Rivera's father has been grieving. However, we're now hearing directly from the 64-year-old father about his final call with Naya. He shares a heartbreaking story about FaceTiming with his daughter while she was still in the boat, just before it drifted away from her and she drowned.

Naya Rivera/Instagram
Naya Rivera/Instagram

George Rivera claims that his daughter would frequently call him to ask him questions. And she had a question for him on the day she died."She would always bounce stuff off me," he said in a People exclusively. "And she wanted to go swimming with Josey out in the middle of the lake."

Her father advised her not to get out of the boat because it lacked an anchor. He tried to persuade them that it was just not safe, but the call was quickly disconnected.

He claimed that he could see the conditions during the FaceTime chat." I could see that the wind was blowing and my stomach was just cringing," he said. "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.'"

But the phone dropped out, and George was left praying that Naya would pay attention to his warning. He described it as "heartbreaking."

He had taken a screenshot of his daughter throughout the call. While relaxing on the boat, she was wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap and smiling. He had no idea that it would be the last photograph he ever took of his daughter.

The saddest aspect of the story is that George claimed he just knew something wasn't right in his stomach, but he couldn't do anything about it. He couldn't do anything to change his daughter's fate.
"I had this bad feeling that was just killing me," he remembers.

Naya and her four-year-old son, Josey, did go swimming. Naya was never able to return to the boat. The tired mother appears to have expended every ounce of her power to save her baby, putting him into the boat and then fading away.

Josey was discovered sleeping on the boat as it sailed around Lake Piru. Naya was nowhere to be found. Five days later, her lifeless body was discovered.

It's been almost a year after the tragedy, and George believes his life will never be the same again without his daughter. With tears in his eyes, he told People, "It's still pretty much a big fog of pain almost a year later." "Things are slowly becoming clearer, but I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to put this behind me. Every day, I miss her."

Naya will be recognized for her great talent for the rest of her life. Many people consider her a hero because she saved her child's life before losing her own. Even in his terrible pain, we're guessing her father is one of those folks.