Former Glee star Naya Rivera’s cause of death has been ruled as an accident by the medical examiner’s office.
The 33-year-old actress’ body was found in Lake Piru on Monday after she was reported missing last week.
She disappeared on July 8 after going on a boating trip with her son Josey, 4.
Fears grew for the star as her son returned fast asleep on the boat, but his mother was nowhere to be seen.
Ventura County Police department identified Naya’s body on day six of the search.
Now the full autopsy results show the star’s death was an accident – one day after she was confirmed dead by authorities.
The police had to confirm Naya’s identity using her dental records.
According to the medical examiner, she drowned in the lake.
There was no indication that alcohol or drugs had played a part in the star’s death, and no traumatic injuries or evidence of disease were found.
The medical examiner added that specimens from the body will be submitted for toxicology testing.
A report obtained by E! Online stated: “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.”
Earlier last week an investigation was launched to find Naya after her son was found alone on the boat in the middle of the lake, which is located about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
On Monday July 13 authorities said they are “confident” that the body found was Naya’s.
It was discovered floating at the surface of the lake by personnel searching by boat early the same morning.
Naya found the strength to save her young son but she couldn’t save herself, police revealed.
“We believe it was mid-afternoon when she disappeared,” Sheriff Ayub said.
“The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored, and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back into the boat, but not enough to save herself.”
The Ventura County Sheriff’s department responded to a call from a fellow boater at 4.48pm on Wednesday who had noticed a vessel drifting at the reservoir.
At around 1pm that day Naya had rented a pontoon to take her young son out on the waters of the national park.
Mr Ayub added: “We identified specific areas of the lake they visited by looking at the shoreline features at the background of FaceTime videos when she was chatting to family members while out on the lake.”
He explained: “We know from speaking with her son that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey.
“It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind.
“He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.
“Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans during this difficult time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.”
Since the sad news was announced, tributes have been pouring in for the late star.
Leading the messages to the late actress was Glee star Jane Lynch.
She wrote on Twitter: “Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.”
While Joshua Sussman shared another touching post, saying: “[Broken heart emoji] Naya, you will be missed so much [sad face emoji]”
The Wanted star Max George prayed for Naya on Twitter during her search, and later broke his silence on her death.
Having once starred in Glee with Naya, he wrote: “Absolutely devastating news about Naya Rivera. Beautiful inside and out. You will be missed greatly. RIP Naya. Thoughts with all her friends and family at this awful time.”
Another star who paid tribute to Naya was Love Island’s Amber Davies.
She wrote: “2020 gets worse by the day. Rip Naya Rivera.”
A memorial service for the beloved actress is expected to be held at a later date.
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