When Glee became one of the breakout TV hits of 2009, Naya Rivera was one of the breakout stars on the high school musical dramedy. As cheerleader Santana Lopez, Rivera was originally relegated to a slightly villainous background part, but thanks to her sardonic way with a one-liner and vocal depth, she was upped to series regular by season 2. Whether coming to terms with her sexuality (and attraction to bestie Brittany S. Pierce, played by Heather Morris) or dropping out of college and moving to New York, Santana became one of the show's most fascinating, beloved characters.
On July 13, a days-long search for Rivera ended when her body was recovered from Lake Piru, Calif. She was just 33 and is survived by a four-year-old son.
As we mourn the heartbreaking loss, we're also celebrating her musical talents by looking back on ten of her unforgettable Glee performances that helped make the series such a pop culture juggernaut.