Amber Riley shared a gut-wrenching Instagram video Monday night featuring her “Glee” co-star Naya Rivera performing a sweet duet with her 4-year-old son.
Rivera, 33, was discovered dead Monday morning in the Southern California lake where she disappeared last week while boating and swimming with the boy. She used her last bit of strength to push her son Josey Dorsey onto their drifting boat, but didn’t have the energy to save herself, officials said Monday.
“My favorite duet partner. I love you. I miss you,” wrote Riley, 34, who portrayed the no-nonsense singer Mercedes Jones opposite Rivera’s sassy Santana on the Fox comedy-drama musical series. “I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest In Peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything.”
In the touching clip, Rivera and Dorsey can be seen singing an a cappella version of the popular preschool song “Skidamarink” while snuggling in bed.
“Skidamarink a dink a dink,” coos Dorsey as mom chimes in with “Skidamarkink a doo.” Then they both croon in unison, “I love you,” before kissing at the end of the moving clip.
Needless to say, the adorable moment touched the hearts of “Glee” fans across the ‘Gram.
“Praying for you and the whole gang,” writes one crestfallen commenter. “This one hurts pretty damn bad man.”
“May her soul rest in power,” says another.
The touching tribute follows Riley taking to Twitter Sunday to defend former co-star Lea Michele against fan backlash after she remained silent during the search for the then-missing Rivera.
“Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family,” Riley tweeted in defense of Michele, who played Rivera’s on-screen rival Rachel Berry on the show. “No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.”
Michele, 33, who has been facing the music recently over her alleged behavior on set, has since commemorated her late ex-TV colleague on Instagram stories. She shared black-and-white portraits of Rivera and her late boyfriend and former “Glee” collaborator Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose seven years ago on the same date Rivera was discovered dead.