Naya Rivera has been seen for the first time since Mark Salling’s shocking death by apparent suicide at age 35.
The actress, 31, was spotted smiling as she headed to a TV Insider interview in New York City with her entourage to chat up her new Step Up series.
Though the star may have been caught at an awkward moment, it’s a surprising to see the pinup in good spirits as Rivera worked with Salling for several years on their hit TV show Glee and even dated the star for two years.
First look: Naya Rivers was spotted for the first time since Mark Salling’s death; the beauty appeared to be smiling as she left MTV TRL Studios in NYC on Wednesday
Sitting pretty: The Devious Maids star was also seen on Wednesday in a pretty portrait shared to Instagram by TV Insider
Exes: They worked together on Glee. In 2008 he was in a relationship with Rivera. In 2010 the relationship soured, and she was accused of egging his house and keying his Lexus; seen in 2009
The At The Devil’s Door actress has yet to share a reaction to Mark’s death on social media.
Naya was fully made up with her makeup done and hair nicely styled, confirming she was going in front of the camera.
The ex of Ryan Dorsey, with whom she has a child, wore a dark fur jacket over silky colorful pajamas with pointy white heels.
Behind her was a woman holding an outfit and on the side was a man who appeared to be her bodyguard.
The Devious Maids star was also seen on Wednesday in a pretty portrait shared to Instagram by TV Insider.
Showtime: Naya was fully made up with her makeup done and hair nicely styled, confirming she was going in front of the camera
Crew: The ex of Ryan Dorsey, with whom she has a child, wore a dark fur jacket over silky pajamas with pointy white heels. Behind her was a woman holding her outfit and on the side was a man who appeared to be her bodyguard
Naya dated Mark from 2009 until 2010. And they worked together on Glee from 2009 until 2015.
After she split from Mark, she became engaged to rapper Big Sean. Then in 2014 she wed old high-school flame Dorsey.
Mark died of an apparent suicide just weeks before he was due to be sentenced on child pornography charges.
The body of the star was found near his home in Sunland just before 9am on Tuesday.
Their big break: They worked together on Glee from 2009 until 2015
On set: Max Adler as Dave (center) and Salling as Puck on Glee in March 2015
They used to be very close: The LA native was seen holding Mark in 2010
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told to DailyMail.com that Salling was pronounced dead at the scene at 9am.
‘I heard it was hanging,’ said Winter, who later noted that ‘the investigation is ongoing and a full autopsy is pending.’
Winter said the autopsy would take place within the next two days.
Salling was just six weeks away from a sentencing hearing in his case, where he faced four to seven years in prison after entering a guilty plea to a federal charge of possessing material involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
It was revealed in court documents that some of the images Salling possessed featured children as young as three.
At the time of the hearing, he told the judge he was on medication for depression.
Salling (pictured as he arrived for a court appearance in 2016 for child porn charges) died of an apparent suicide
The disgraced actor’s body is removed from the scene by coroners and members of the LAPD
Half a dozen officers assisted as the body was put inside the coroner’s van. The official cause of death has not yet been revealed but it is believed the disgraced star hanged himself
‘I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,’ his lawyer Michael Proctor said in a statement.
‘Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment. He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.’
Salling was awaiting sentencing after entering a guilty plea to possession of child pornography.
Salling’s body was discovered around 8.50am near Big Tujunga Creek, off the Big Tujunga Canyon Road according to Detective Megan Anguilar of the LAPD.
A law enforcement source said the body was found in a shallow riverbed and that the case was being investigated as a suicide.
TMZ was the first to report the news of Salling’s death.
His body has since been removed from he scene while officials carry out their investigation. His black, Nissan Infiniti remains parked at the side of the road, surrounded by police cruisers.
Salling was photographed wearing the same clothes he wore for weeks back in October, while he was out buying cigarettes and soda at his local 7-11 store
Matthew Morrison, (center) who starred as Will Schuester in Glee, shared a photo of himself with Salling (right) and Cory Monteith (left) who died from a drugs overdose. He captioned the photo with three emoji faces; two angels – one for Salling and one for Monteith – and a sad face for himself
Tim Davis, a vocal contractor and vocal arranger for Glee, tweeted that he ‘loved Mark’ and was ‘sad’ about his death
Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester, then retweeted his second message, saying that Salling’s suicide did not minimize his crimes, but implored people to ‘stop adding to (Sallings’) family’s pain’
Paris Barclay, a Glee producer, added: ‘It’s a painful loss, again. Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP #marksalling’
Meanwhile the LAPD and volunteers from the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team, were spotted at his Sunland home where he’d been living before his death.
The three ladies, wearing light blue t-shirts bearing the team’s logo, were escorted into the property by the female officer and let inside by an occupant of the home.
According to the CRT website, the volunteers ‘provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents.
‘These incidents include homicides, suicides, traffic fatalities, officer involved shooting, death notification, infant deaths, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents.’
Neighbors said they had seen Salling come and go in recent weeks, making trips to a local 7/11 for groceries.
The actor made a suicide attempt last summer, when he cut both of his wrists, according to a report.
Salling is said to have ‘freaked out’ after hurting himself on August 22. He was taken to a local hospital after paramedics treated him in his Los Angeles home. The actor was reportedly taken to be treated for psychological problems after he recovered.
Salling’s career came crashing down in 2015 after he was arrested for possession of child porn.
Investigators found he ‘downloaded thousands of images of child pornography’ between April and December 2015.
The papers state he used software to mask his IP address, but twice showed some of his collection to an adult woman, who ultimately reported him to police.
Following the tip-off, Salling was arrested at his home in Sunland, California, where police found a cache of explicit images on his computer depicting children as young as 10 in sexual situations. They later discovered more than 50,000 photos and videos on his laptop and another 4,000 on a flash drive.
The actor was originally facing a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars after being charged with two counts of child pornography last year.
Former Glee star Mark Salling in court in December where he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. It’s the last time he would be seen in public
The 35-year-old would also have been required to register as a sex offender, pay restitution and abide by residency restrictions.
That would have meant he was banned from coming within 100 feet of schoolyards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds and video arcade venues; and cannot speak to children under the age of 18 without their parents or guardians present.
Authorities were reportedly tipped off by one of Salling’s ex-girlfriends and he was arrested in December 2015 before being released on $20,000 bail.
Lieutenant Andrea Grossman, commander of the LAPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said at the time: ‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, if you hurt a child you will be held accountable.’
She added: ‘These images are more than photographs, they are child abuse.’
He is the second major actor from the popular series to have died at a young age.
His costar Cory Monteith died from a drug overdose in his Vancouver hotel room in March 2013. The actor, who had a history of substance abuse as a teen, was just 31 years old.
The coroner found he died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol, and ruled that his death was an ‘accidental overdose’.
The actor’s death has been met with a mixed response on social media with some expressing sadness at his loss, and others celebrating the death of someone convicted of possessing child porn.
Salling was previously sued by his ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela (right) for sexual battery
In 2011, he ended his fling with Gorzela before their legal issues began. In 2014 he was linked to another co-star Lea Michele (pictured with him in 2009)
Matthew Morrison, who starred as Will Schuester in Glee, shared a photo of himself with Salling and Monteith, and captioned the photo with three emoji faces; a sad face for himself, an angel for Monteith and, rather surprisingly, an angel for Salling.
Tim Davis, a vocal contractor and vocal arranger for Glee, tweeted that he ‘loved Mark’ and was ‘sad’ about his death.
Actress Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester in the series, then retweeted his second message, which explained that Salling’s suicide did not ‘minimize his crimes’, but implored people to ‘stop adding to (Sallings’) family’s pain’.
She told later TMZ ‘it’s very said, very tragic’ when asked about his death.
When asked how she’d remember her costar, she replied: ‘As the guy who made that really sweet video at the beginning of Glee when he was so happy to be a part of this program. It’s tragic and I’m broken hearted over it.’
However the relationship never flourished. More recently he dated 19-year-old Big Time Rush actress Denyse Tontz, but the two broke up some time last year
Glee producer Paris Barclay added: ‘It’s a painful loss, again. Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP #marksalling.’
Salling was previously sued by his ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela for sexual battery.
Gorzela claimed that he forced her to have unprotected sex with him and later, when she confronted him over his actions, Salling allegedly pushed her to the ground and caused injury to her knees.
It was reported that the case was settled midway through trial after Gorzela dropped the sexual battery claim.
Salling admitted to negligently causing her to fall and injure herself. She is not believed to have been the woman who tipped off the authorities.
Salling (right, in 2009) is the second major actor from Glee to have died at a young age. His costar Cory Monteith (left) died from a drugs overdose in his Vancouver hotel room in March 2013
The pair settled the case for a reported $2.7million when Salling admitted to causing her to fall and injure herself through negligence.
Salling shot to fame playing Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in the hit FOX series Glee. He first appeared in 2008 and was a regular until season five.
Salling was born in Dallas, Texas, and was reportedly home-schooled in a ‘strict Christian home’.
He attended Providence Christian School and Our Redeemer Lutheran elementary schools, and after graduating from a high school, he travelled to California and attended Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, California and began studying guitar. He gave guitar lessons to make a living.
His first acting role was in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996) with Naomi Watts. He also starred in The Graveyard in 2006.
The actor (pictured, left and right, on Glee) reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in October. The agreement states a search warrant found more than 50,000 images of child porn on Salling’s computer and a thumb drive downloaded between April 2015 and December 2015
The Texas native has been romantically linked to many celebrities, including some of his co-stars on the musical show.
In 2008, he dated former The Hills star Audrina Partridge, but the relationship appeared to die out.
He was then in a relationship with co-star Rivera, who plays Santana Lopez. In 2010 the relationship soured, and she was accused of egging his house and keying his Lexus in a jealous rage.
In 2011, he ended his fling with Gorzela before their legal issues began. In 2014 he was spotted at Cochella music festival with another co-star Lea Michele.
However the relationship never flourished. More recently he dated 19-year-old Big Time Rush actress Denyse Tontz, but the two broke up some time last year.
If you are concerned about any issues involving suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.