Kristin Chenoweth has delivered a teary tribute to Glee star Naya Rivera following her tragic death last week.
The 33-year-old drowned in Lake Piru after going out for a swim that went disastrously wrong, with authorities locating her body on Monday.
Veteran Broadway actress Chenoweth, who guest starred on Glee multiple times during its six-year run, posted a video message on Instagram addressing Rivera's death.
In among tears, she said: "A long time ago I was invited to be a guest star on a show called Glee. I had the honour of meeting all my babies, those kids, who still make me proud and I want them to know I still love them and I'm proud of them.
"And with Naya gone, I know how that hurts them. She was such a sweet, sweet child."
Meanwhile, Rivera's family have issued a statement paying tribute to a "sassy angel" and thanking the authorities for their efforts in locating her body.