An autopsy confirmed Tuesday that “Glee” star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning, officials said, while her family released a statement honoring her “everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit.”
The examination, performed the day after the 33-year-old’s body was found in a Southern California lake, showed no signs of traumatic injury or disease that might have contributed to the drowning, and gave no initial indication that drugs or alcohol may have played a role in her death, the Ventura County Medical Examiner said in a statement.
Dental records were used to confirm Rivera’s identity, and routine toxicology tests will be performed for the presence of drugs and alcohol, the statement said.
The Glee star went missing during a boating trip with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey on July 8. Before she was found, her son told police that his mum “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up” after he was found floating on the boat alone.
Naya’s body was recovered from the northeast portion of Lake Piru, located 50 miles north of Los Angeles, on Monday after she went missing last week.
Her family released their first statement and paid tribute to Rivera after the autopsy confirmed her death.
‘We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week,’ they told Deadline.
‘While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.
‘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,’ the statement added.
‘We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support.
‘Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.’