Naya Rivera Autopsy Rules Cause of Death an Accidental Drowning

Naya Rivera Dead at 33

On Tuesday (June 14), the Ventura County Medical Examiner announced the results of an autopsy conducted after Glee star Naya Rivera was found dead in California’s Lake Piru. The cause of death, the office reports, was by drowning. The office also rules Naya’s death 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.

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Ventura County officials said Monday, after a 6 day search, that a body had been found at the lake, and confirmed it to be 33 year old Naya Rivera.

Naya and her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, were swimming in Lake Piru on Wednesday. Lake staff found Josey alone, wearing a life jacket, on a rented boat out in the middle of the lake. Josey got back in the boat and when authorities arrived for a check, he told them he and his mom were swimming and he didn’t know what happened to her.

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