LOS ANGELES (AP) – An autopsy report released on Friday indicates that ‘Glee’ actor Naya Rivera raised her arm and called for help as she accidentally drowned in a boat with her 4-year-old son on a lake in California.
After his mother helped him back on the boat, the boy “noticed the deceased raising his arm in the air and screaming ‘help,” the Ventura County medical examiner’s report said. “The deceased then disappeared into the water.”
Authorities previously said Rivera accidentally drowned after putting the boy, Josey Hollis Dorsey, back on the boat at Piru Lake northwest of Los Angeles on July 8, but did not mention she was screaming at ugly.
Rivera “could swim well,” the report said.
The man who rented the pontoon boat to her said she refused a life jacket, but he put one on board anyway.
He revealed that Rivera, 33, had previously had issues with vertigo, had a recent sinus infection and had a small amount of prescribed amphetamines in his system, but did not identify physical conditions or medications as factors of his death.
Toxicology tests also showed that she had small therapeutic amounts of the anti-anxiety drug diazepam and the appetite suppressant phentermine in her system.
Josey, Rivera’s son with her ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey, was found asleep and alone on the drifting boat later that afternoon.
Five days later, his body was found floating in an area of the lake about 9 meters deep. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said she was likely trapped in thick vegetation underwater for several days before floating up.
Josey was immediately reunited with his father and other relatives.
The day before she died, Rivera tweeted a photo of the two of them that read, “Just the two of us.” In her memoir, she called it “my greatest success and I will never do better than him”.
Rivera’s death was the third for a major actor in “Glee,” the Fox TV musical that Rivera starred in from 2009 to 2015, playing a singing and dancing lesbian cheerleader.
Rivera’s body has been found seven years to the day after her co-star Cory Monteith died at the age of 31 from a toxic mixture of alcohol and heroin.
Another co-star, Mark Salling, who Rivera dated at one point, committed suicide in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
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