Autopsy Confirms ‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera’s Death Was Accidental Drowning


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LOS ANGELES—An autopsy confirmed Tuesday that “Glee” star Naya Rivera died from unintentional drowning, officers stated, whereas her family released a press release honoring her ”eternal legacy and magnetic spirit.”

The examination, performed the day after the 33-year-old’s body was present in a Southern California lake, showed no signs of traumatic damage or disease which may have contributed to the drowning, and gave no initial indication that medicine or alcohol might have performed a task in her demise, the Ventura County Medical Examiner stated in a press release.

Dental data have been used to verify Rivera’s id, and routine toxicology checks might be performed for the presence of medicine and alcohol, the assertion stated.

Rivera was found in Lake Piru on Monday, 5 days after she disappeared whereas boating together with her 4-year-old son, who was found asleep and alone on the boat hours later. The post-mortem’s findings have been all in step with the expectations of the Sheriff’s Office, which carried out the search and investigation.

Rivera’s relations launched their first public assertion Tuesday since her disappearance, saying they're “so grateful for the outpouring of affection and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the previous week. Whereas we grieve the lack of our lovely legend, we are blessed to honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit.”

The assertion stated Rivera was “a tremendous expertise, but was a fair larger individual, mom, daughter and sister … Heaven gained our sassy angel.”

The household thanked the search teams for their “commitment and unwavering effort to seek out Naya.”

The creators of “Glee” also launched a press release in tribute to Rivera Tuesday, saying that they might be creating a university fund for her son and remembering her as a joyful and immensely gifted performer.

“Naya was more than just an actor on our show — she was our good friend,” Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan stated in a press release Tuesday.

“Our hearts exit to her family, particularly her mom, Yolanda, who was an enormous a part of the ‘Glee’ family, and her son Josey,” the three producers stated, referring to the kid as “the gorgeous son Naya liked most of all.”

Josey is Rivera’s son together with her former husband, actor Ryan Dorsey. She referred to as the boy “my biggest success, and I'll never do any higher than him.”

While she wasn’t initially hired as a “Glee” forged member, it “didn’t take more than an episode or two for us to understand that we had lucked into finding one of the crucial gifted, particular stars we might ever have the pleasure of working with,” the producers stated.

Rivera might act, sing, dance and “nail a joke in addition to she might crush you with an emotional scene. … She was a joy to write down for, a joy to direct and a pleasure to be round,” they stated.

In portraying a highschool scholar in an brazenly lesbian relationship on “Glee,” Rivera ensured that her character’s love for her associate was “expressed with dignity, power and with pure intentions,” the producers stated.

By Andrew Dalton