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Big Sean has been relatively silent on the passing of Glee actress Naya Rivera — until now.

On Friday (July 17), Sean took to Instagram to pay tribute to Rivera, championing her heroism as well as how the 33-year-old actress inspired others.

“Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul!,” Sean wrote. “Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence. you are a hero! Not just because of how you saved your son, also because of the barriers you knocked down for so many people to make them feel confident in themselves and to stand tall and be proud when they couldn’t achieve that on their own.”

He added, “I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us for making me wiser and a better person. I’m still grieving and in shock, I can’t believe this is real. I’m praying for you and your family and I know your watching over them and protecting them. Rest In Peace Naya.”

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Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul! Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence. you are a hero! Not just because of how you saved your son, also because of the barriers you knocked down for so many people to make them feel confident in themselves and to stand tall and be proud when they couldn’t achieve that on their own. I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us for making me wiser and a better person. I’m still grieving and in shock, I can’t believe this is real. I’m praying for you and your family and I know your watching over them and protecting them. Rest In Peace Naya 💙🙏🏾

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Rivera and Sean dated in 2013 and were engaged for six months until they split in 2014. After their breakup, Sean released “IDFWU” from his Dark Sky Paradise album, prompting fans to believe that the song was an intended diss of Rivera.

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The actress’ went missing on July 8 after boating at Lake Piru in California. She was swimming with her son and her body became entangled in the lake’s debris.

According to reports, Rivera placed her son back on the boat before she went under. Her body was recovered on Monday (July 13).

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