Naya Rivera autopsy reveals she accidentally drowned and drugs or alcohol played no part in death 

Naya Rivera’s autopsy confirmed that the actress died by drowning and there were no signs drugs or alcohol played a role in her death.  

Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office released the autopsy’s findings on Tuesday confirming that the body found Monday was Rivera. 

It added that the condition of the body of the 33-year-old star was consistent with the time that she was submerged. 

The manner of her death was listed as an accident. 

Glee star Naya Rivera, 33, died by drowning, an autopsy confirmed Tuesday

Glee star Naya Rivera, 33, died by drowning, an autopsy confirmed Tuesday

Glee star Naya Rivera, 33, died by drowning, an autopsy confirmed Tuesday

Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office released the autopsy's findings on Tuesday

Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office released the autopsy's findings on Tuesday

Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office released the autopsy’s findings on Tuesday

Rivera's body was recovered from the northeast portion of Lake Piru on Monday

Rivera's body was recovered from the northeast portion of Lake Piru on Monday

Rivera’s body was recovered from the northeast portion of Lake Piru on Monday

‘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 report states.

‘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,’ it added. 

The date of pronouncement was listed as Monday, July 13.  

The Glee star’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. 

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said there was nothing to indicate any foul play took place or that she died by suicide. 

She went missing on July 8 while boating with her four-year-old son Josey. 

Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed Rivera's death by drowning on Tuesday

Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed Rivera's death by drowning on Tuesday

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Rivera’s death by drowning on Tuesday

The search began after Rivera went missing on July 8 while boating with her four-year-old son Josey. The pair were swimming when Josey said Rivera didn't get back on the boat

The search began after Rivera went missing on July 8 while boating with her four-year-old son Josey. The pair were swimming when Josey said Rivera didn't get back on the boat

The search began after Rivera went missing on July 8 while boating with her four-year-old son Josey. The pair were swimming when Josey said Rivera didn’t get back on the boat

This diagram shows where actress Naya Rivera, 33,  and her four-year-old son Josey rented a boat on Lake Piru before the young boy was found alone. The map in the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles where Rivera lives

This diagram shows where actress Naya Rivera, 33,  and her four-year-old son Josey rented a boat on Lake Piru before the young boy was found alone. The map in the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles where Rivera lives

This diagram shows where actress Naya Rivera, 33,  and her four-year-old son Josey rented a boat on Lake Piru before the young boy was found alone. The map in the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles where Rivera lives 

A search began after the young boy was found asleep alone in a boat in the middle of the lake. There was no trace of Rivera.

He said the actress never got back onto the boat when they went for a swim. 

Naya’s distraught family were seen at the lake trying to assist investigators in their search for her. 

On Monday, the search honed in on a cove where the actress had taken a photograph of Josey and sent it to a relative 90 minutes before he was found on the boat.  

Naya Rivera sent a photo of her four-year-old son Josey to a family member 90 minutes before he was found on their pontoon boat that shows the cove they’d sailed to 

‘There was a picture sent to a family member that showed the boy on the boat by a cove. We found where that cove was,’ Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team told Us Weekly. 

He previously said: ‘What I suspect is that the winds kicked up. 

‘Those pontoon boats are very light, and when you push them, it can get away from you. She might’ve tried to swim after the boat. But that’s all speculation. Once we do locate her, that’ll answer a lot more questions.’ 

Police have not shared the image and it’s unclear which cove it was taken in. Over the weekend, they asked members of the public not to go looking for the star themselves in the dangerous water.   

The actress grew up 20 miles from the lake and was familiar with it, police sources said last week. 

She thought of it as her ‘sanctuary’, despite it being known for rip currents and icy waters that can overpower swimmers. 

The lake itself is 1,200 acres and can reach depths of up to 130 feet.  

A body was found floating on the surface of the lake Monday and Sheriff Ayub said they were ‘confident’ it was Rivera. 

‘Based on the location where the body was found, physical characteristics of the body, clothing found of the body and the physical condition of the body, as well as the absence of any other persons reported in the area, we are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,’ he said. 

Dental records were used to confirm it was her. 

Police say it appears Rivera ‘mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself’. 

She and her son had climbed off the boat and gone swimming. The boy told investigators that his mother helped him back aboard but when he looked back he saw her disappear into the water, Ayub said.

Ayub confirmed an adult life jacket was on board the boat and that the body recovered was not in a life jacket. He did not have details on if Rivera was able to swim. 

Actress Heather Morris was among those there

Actress Heather Morris was among those there

Heather Morris on Glee

Heather Morris on Glee

Actress Heather Morris was among those there. She appeared on Glee (right) with Rivera 

Rivera's ex husband Ryan Dorsey, right, was at the lake on Monday with her father George

Rivera's ex husband Ryan Dorsey, right, was at the lake on Monday with her father George

Rivera’s ex husband Ryan Dorsey, right, was at the lake on Monday with her father George

Some of Rivera's Glee castmates went to the lake on Monday after authorities recovered a body. They held hands on the shore while waiting for confirmation of the identity of the body

Some of Rivera's Glee castmates went to the lake on Monday after authorities recovered a body. They held hands on the shore while waiting for confirmation of the identity of the body

Some of Rivera’s Glee castmates went to the lake on Monday after authorities recovered a body. They held hands on the shore while waiting for confirmation of the identity of the body

Ayub said swimming is allowed in the lake but that it is typically used for watercraft recreation. A petition was started Monday to ban swimming ‘in these dangerous waters’. 

He added that he hoped the discovery would bring some closure to her family. 

‘Finding out she’s missing and then this day to day, the wait and not knowing… hopefully this provides some level of closure,’ he said.  

The actress’s family rushed to the lake on Monday morning and some of her Glee castmates, including Heather Morris, were also there, as news of the discovery of a body broke. 

They held hands on the shore while waiting for more information from the star’s family and from the authorities. 

Rivera was found on the seventh anniversary of Naya’s former co-star Cory Monteith’s death. 

The autopsy confirmed Tuesday Rivera’s death was a tragic accident as her co-stars and fans shared tributes.   

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