Naya Rivera death cause explored ahead of The Price of Glee documentary

The TV comedy-drama musical series Glee has been known for its casting controversies and tragic incidents, particularly surrounding the untimely death of Naya Rivera, the acclaimed actress from Fox’s Glee. ID’s highly anticipated docuseries, The Price of Glee, will focus on the accidental drowning of Rivera in a California lake.

The documentary will debut on January 16, 2023, at 9 pm ET. ID’s three-part series will delve into the fatalities of three performers – Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Rivera, who portrayed Santana Lopez in the popular musical series.

Subsequently, her remains were found drifting in a 30-foot-deep section of the lake five days after she perished in the profound waters. Nevertheless, in July 2020, renowned Glee performer and single mother Naya Rivera, 33, leased a pontoon boat on lake Piru for an excursion with her four-year-old son Josey.

The autopsy revealed that she was a skilled swimmer, confirming that her death was accidental. Authorities asserted that Rivera drowned accidentally, as her body was stuck in dense underwater debris and vegetation for many days before floating to the surface.

According to The Guardian, Josey reported that he heard his mother’s plea for assistance while she was trying to reboard the boat, vanishing into the vast depths of the water.

According to an investigative report by PEOPLE, the autopsy report reportedly stated that actress Naya Rivera’s 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, claimed that his mother jumped off the pontoon boat at Piru Lake and disappeared into the water. The report also asserted that Rivera was a skilled swimmer.

After the pair of mother and son plunged into the water, Josey asserted that his mother directed him to go back to the boat, as she had joint custody with Rivera’s former spouse, Ryan Dorsey.

Just before vanishing beneath the surface, Rivera allegedly “assisted him onto the vessel and subsequently heard [Naya] shout “help,” while raising her arm”. While in the water, the performer had a previous experience of vertigo “that would deteriorate”.

The report of investigation mentioned:

According to the autopsy report, the performer was also “regarded as a competent swimmer.” The cause of Naya Rivera’s death was determined to be drowning, and it was concluded to be an accidental incident.

At the moment of her demise, the performer had diminished quantities of amphetamine (Adderall, Dexedrine), diazepam, alcohol, and phentermine (a hunger reducer) in her bloodstream, as unveiled by a toxicology analysis. Additionally, her body contained caffeine, and her blood alcohol concentration was 0.016.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Naya Rivera’s ex-husband on behalf of her young son and estate

The authorities declared her disappearance and later death a horrible accident. Presumably, she was given one adult life jacket and was wearing a child life jacket on the boat, which was still there. It was noted that the boat failed to return to the dock after its three-hour deadline.

Authorities spent days scouring the waters of the lake with the assistance of sonar equipment and dive teams to attempt to find Naya Rivera, who was pronounced dead after being missing for five days. Finally, on July 13th, officials found her body in the lake.

Within a few months, Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, who is the father and guardian of the boy, filed a lawsuit for wrongful death against Ventura County and the Lake Piru managers on behalf of her estate and her son Josey Hollis Dorsey.