US medical examiner confirm Glee actress Naya Rivera's death as 'accidental drowning'


Hollywood actress Naya Rivera, who went missing at Lake Piru in California on July 8, was found dead on July 13. The Glee fame star had gone boating with her four-year-old son Josey but didn't return to the boat. The body of the actress was found after an extensive search by the US officials. As Hollywood is mourning the loss of Naya, 33, her family issued a statement thanking people for their love and prayers. Remembering Naya as a magnetic spirit, the family said they are blessed to honour her everlasting legacy. They thanked the officials who were a part of the rescue operation and all her friends, colleagues and fans for support.  

"We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week. While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honour her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister. Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time. Thank you to the men and women of the Ventura, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Departments for your commitment and unwavering effort to find Naya. We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support," the statement read.

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After Naya's body was found on July 13, the US officials sent it for autopsy. The report arrived on Tuesday and confirmed that she died of accidental drowning. The Ventura County's Medical Examiner informed that Naya's body was X-Rayed and a full autopsy was performed. "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 the decedent's death, but specimens will be submitted for toxicology testing," the statement read.


Naya, on July 8, rented a boat with her son at Lake Piru. Four hours later, when the two didn't return, a boater went searching for them. He found her son asleep on the boat all by himself. After hours of searching, the officials found Naya's body on the morning of July 13.  

(Source: Deadline/BBC)