Over a month later, Lynch opened up about the loss of her Glee co-star, calling the news "heartbreaking."
"She was a force of nature," she told Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Wednesday's Today. "With Naya, you felt like somebody had your back."
Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester on Glee, further praised Rivera's portrayal of Santana Lopez on the hit Fox show. "I think that one of the things that kind of got lost when we were doing the show is what a force she was because there were so many talented people," the 60-year-old actress said. "She blew everybody away."
As @janemarielynch fills in for Hoda as guest co-host with Jenna, she remembers her late “Glee” co-star Naya Rivera with a moving tribute, saying she was a great advocate and a force of nature. pic.twitter.com/Z479g9L1fX