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Naya Rivera yelled for help before drowning, investigative report reveals

Ventura County Medical Examiner has released Glee star Naya Rivera’s full autopsy and investigative reports.

According to the investigative report obtained by PEOPLE, Rivera’s 4-year-old son Josey said that before the star disappeared into the water and drowned, they counted “1, 2, 3” and jumped off the boat together at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, on July 8th 2020.


After getting into the water, Josey said his mother told him to get back on the boat, according to the report.

“She helped him onto the boat and then he then heard [Naya] yell ‘help’ and she put her arm in the air. She then disappeared into the water,” the investigative report states.

Officials also noted in the investigative report that while Rivera was in good health, she had a history of vertigo “that would get worse when she was in the water. Rivera had been treated at Cedars Sinai hospital for vertigo prior to her death.

READ: ‘Glee’ Star Naya River Confirmed Dead Following A Boating Accident

“The decedent would have vertigo to the point of vomiting, but she learned to control the symptoms with antihistamines,” the report states.

According to her autopsy report, Rivera had “no known history of suicidal ideation or attempt.”

The actress was also “considered to be a good swimmer,” the autopsy report states. According to the toxicology report, her blood alcohol concentration was 0.016.

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Her cause of death remains a drowning and the manner of death was ruled as an accident.
Rivera was confirmed dead on July 13 at the age of 33 five days after she disappeared. She was reported missing after renting the boat with her son.

Rivera was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on July 24, according to her death certificate.

READ: Glee’s Creators Set Up A College Fund For Naya Rivera’s 4-Year-Old Son

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