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Naya Rivera: What are we really mourning when we grieve a celebrity's death?

Katie Byrne


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Glee star Naya Rivera (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Glee star Naya Rivera (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Glee star Naya Rivera (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Social media is awash with tributes to Naya Rivera, the Glee actress and singer who died of accidental drowning while swimming with her son in a Californian lake.

A few years ago, such a strong outpouring of emotion from fans would have been tempered by at least a little grief policing.

People would have opined that the relationship was one-sided and the reaction was overblown and disproportionate.