Naya Rivera’s cause of death has been revealed, one day after the Glee star was confirmed dead by authorities.
After completing an autopsy, the Ventura County Medical Examiner confirmed the identity of Rivera’s body and has determined her cause of death to be drowning and the manner of death is accident.
The 33-year-old actress went missing on July 8 while boating with her 4-year-old son Josey at California’s Lake Piru. An investigation was launched to find Rivera after authorities found her son alone on a boat in the middle of the lake, which is located about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
On Monday, July 13, the Ventura County Sheriff’s department said that a body had been found at Lake Piru. Hours later, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said that authorities are “confident” that the body is Rivera’s, and that the body was discovered floating at the surface of the lake by personnel searching by boat early Monday morning.
Ayub said in Monday’s press conference, “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.”