Actress Naya Rivera, in 2016. - Taylor Jewell / AP / SIPA

  • Naya Rivera, actress made world famous by the series "Glee" has been missing since Wednesday.
  • Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, two stars of the "Glee" series, died respectively in 2013 at 31 years old and in 2018 at 35 years old.
  • It does not take more for the series "Glee" to join the list of works of pop culture considered as cursed.

Curse. Feminine noun. "Condemnation to misfortune which seems to come from a higher power" or even "Hostile fate, bad luck to which one seems to be doomed by destiny", dixit the Larousse .

This Thursday, this word is available in all languages ​​in multiple reactions to the announcement of the disappearance of Naya Rivera. The 33-year-old actress, made famous by the Glee series , had organized a boat trip with her son on Lake Piru in California, Wednesday afternoon. Only her son was found on the boat. He told police that his mother jumped into the water and did not come back on board. Naya Rivera is missing, her drowning is considered "probable".

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This information sparked millions of emotional messages, many of which referred to the alleged curse that would surround Glee . It is far from the first time that the musical series created by Ryan Murphy in 2009 and whose last episode was broadcast in 2015, appears in the news section. In July 2013, Cory Monteith, the interpreter of Finn Hudson, one of the main heroes of the show died in full glory of an alcohol and drug overdose, at the age of 31 years. Her body was discovered in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada. He was engaged to Lea Michele, another Glee star , whose grief was hunted down to the last tear by the celebrity press.

In January 2018, Mark Salling, Noah Puckerman in Glee , is found hanged on a tree near a barge, in Sunland-Tujunga, north of Los Angeles. The 35-year-old actor was awaiting a judgment for possession of child pornography images. The scandal broke out in 2015 and he tried to kill himself for the first time in 2017. Mark Salling was also Naya Rivera's companion for three years, between 2007 and 2010.

Pop culture fond of "curses"

The disappearance of the latter therefore adds to a macabre list which does not fail to appeal. Especially since these dramas contrast with the cheerful, inclusive and unifying atmosphere of a series that rocked an entire generation with its covers of pop hits.

Seen through the lens of superstition and pop culture, it does not take much to feed the idea of ​​a curse. The one who would hit Glee joined, among others, the one who would have bereaved the horrifying Poltergeist franchise - four dead in the 1980s, including those of Dominique Dunne, 22, and Heather O'Rourke, 12. Or even that of the "Club of 27", which would strive to defeat the stars of music (Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse ...) at the age of 27. Researchers from a university in Queensland (Australia) may have proven in 2011 that this pseudo-curse was baseless, the legend continues. But beyond these readings of events tinged with superstition, human tragedies remain very real.


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