Glee Star Naya Rivera’s Cause Of Death Was Accidental Drowning, Medical Examiner Rules
Glee star Naya Rivera’s death has been ruled an accident, the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office has said.
The actor’s body was recovered from Lake Piru in Southern California on Monday after she was reported missing following a boating trip with her four-year-old son on 8 July.
A full autopsy has now been performed, with the 33-year-old’s death declared as accidental drowning, the medical examiner said.
No traumatic injuries or evidence of disease were found – and there is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a part in her death, the medical examiner said.
But specimens from the body will be submitted for toxicology testing, they added.
Naya’s family have since shared a tribute in a statement to Deadline.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week,” it reads.
“While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honour her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.”
After thanking the rescuers who helped find her body, the family added: “Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”
The show’s creators, Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk, shared their own tribute, and announced plans to establish a college fund for her son Josey Hollis.
In a joint statement, they praised her work on the show and said she was a “joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around”.
Her portrayal of Santana, an openly LGBT character who proved hugely popular with fans, was described as groundbreaking.
The creators said: “It was one of the first times an openly lesbian, high school relationship was seen on network television and Naya understood what ‘Brittana’ meant to the many young women who were seeing themselves represented on television for the first time.
“Naya always made sure that Santana’s love for Brittany was expressed with dignity, strength and with pure intentions. Naya was always moved by the girls who reached out to her to tell her how much Santana and Brittany’s love affected them.
“Naya’s obligation to them – and to all of her fans – was obvious. She had the rare combination of humility and endless confidence in her talent.”
They said Naya a was a “real pro” who “always kept everyone laughing on the set”.
They added: “Our hearts go out to her family, especially her mom, Yolanda, who was a big part of the Glee family and her son Josey.”
The creators are now establishing a college fund for Josey.
Their tributes came as Glee cast members told of their grief following Naya’s death.
Heather Morris played Santana’s love interest Brittany and had remained a close friend of Naya, joining her family at the lake during their agonising wait for news.
She wrote on Instagram she was “taking a moment to honour my grief”, thanked fans for their support and said she was “taking care of myself and my family”.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who had a recurring role on the show, said she is in “utter shock and disbelief”.
She shared a clip from Glee of her performing alongside Naya and described it as a “special moment”.
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Ministers “stand ready” to jail social media bosses if they fail to clean up their act and protect children from online harms, Oliver Dowden said yesterday. The Culture Secretary told MPs he was taking powers to impose criminal sanctions - including jail sentences - because he was prepared to uaw them if the tech giants failed to comply with the Government's new duty of care regime. The Government’s draft online harms bill proposes the regulator Ofcom should have powers to impose fines of up to 10 per cent of global turnover (£6 billion for Facebook) or £18 million, whichever is higher, if they breach the duty of care laws. But Mr Dowden said: “If it’s the case that fines don’t work, we stand ready to impose those criminal sanctions.” Under the “reserve” criminal powers being taken by ministers, social media giants would have to name a senior manager who would be responsible for ensuring that the company complied with its legal duty of care responsibilities. Failure to do so would lead to the executive facing criminal sanctions including jail sentences of up to two years. Mr Dowden told the culture select committee he hoped the tech giants would comply with fines but he added: “The final step which I am willing to take - and I am willing to take because we will legislate for that power but we won’t enforce it - is criminal sanctions. “I would rather we didn’t impose new criminal law and I think we should have a very high bar for the imposition of new criminal law but if it is the case that fines don’t work, we stand ready to impose criminal sanctions.” Andy Burrows, Head of Child Safety Online at the NSPCC, said: “If the threshold for enacting criminal sanctions is regulation failing, the reality will be further years of children facing grooming and abuse that could have been avoided. “This is a unique chance to move beyond the status quo that sees action taken only after serious harm has occurred, but deferring liability for senior managers misses the opportunity to finally put children first. “The Culture Secretary should learn from other regulated sectors that hold named managers responsible for the safety of their products, with the threat of fines, censure and, as a last resort, criminal sanctions leading to a culture of compliance.”
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