Rowling has faced criticism for her remarks on trans women. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Naya Rivera’s cause of death confirmed as drowning

“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, obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, reads. “The body has been x-rayed and a full autopsy has been performed. 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.”

The office concluded, “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.”

Deadline on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Heaven gained our sassy angel.” They asked for privacy during this difficult time.” data-reactid=”19″>Rivera’s family issued a statement to Deadline on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Heaven gained our sassy angel.” They asked for privacy during this difficult time.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week. 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,” they said via Rivera’s manager, Gladys Gonzalez.

The medical examiner’s office confirmed on Tuesday Naya Rivera drowned, nearly one week after she went missing. (Photo: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)


The family thanked everyone who was involved with the search and recovery mission.

“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. We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support,” they concluded. “Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”

“We believe it was mid-afternoon when she disappeared, the idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting — it was unanchored — and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back on to the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub shared at Monday’s press conference. 

Rivera’s son told investigators that he and his mom had been swimming and that she “boosted him” onto the deck of the boat from behind. “He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water,” Ayub noted.

“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 continued. 

Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan concluded by announcing they are working to set up a college fund for Rivera’s son.

Rivera shares Josey Dorsey with ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey. He will turn 5 in September.