Naya Rivera's Cause of Death Revealed After Authorities Recover Her Body from California Lake
Naya Rivera's cause of death has been revealed.
On Tuesday, the Ventura County Medical Examiner announced that an autopsy had been conducted and revealed Rivera's cause of death as drowning and the manner of her death was an accident.
"The circumstances and visual characteristics all indicated that the body was that of Naya Rivera and the identity has been confirmed by dental comparison," the medical examiner announced in a press release.
"The autopsy findings are consistent with a drowning and the condition of the body is consistent with the time that she was submerged. No traumatic injuries or disease processes were identified at autopsy. There is no indication from the investigation or examination that drugs or alcohol played a role in [Rivera's] death, but specimens will be submitted for toxicology testing," the press release reads.
The Glee alumna was confirmed dead at age 33 on Monday — five days after she disappeared during a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. She was reported missing after renting a pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey.
When the boat became overdue for return after its three-hour rental, staff found it at the north side of the lake, with Josey wearing a life jacket, sleeping alone on board. An adult life jacket, believed to be the one provided to Rivera, was still on the boat. One day later, police announced she was presumed dead, maintaining they considered her disappearance to be "a horrible accident."
"He and Naya swam in the lake together," Ayub said of Rivera and her son. "It was during that time that her son described being helped onto the boat by Naya. … He told investigators he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water."
Ayub later added, "We believe that she mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself."
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