Naya Rivera’s Family Release Statement As Autopsy Reveals She Drowned Accidentally


Naya Rivera’s family has released a statement in the wake of authorities recovering her body from California’s Lake Piru Monday, confirming the Glee star’s tragic death at 33.

‘We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week,’ the family said. ‘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.’

The statement was released by Rivera’s rep Gladys Gonzalez on behalf of the grieving family, Deadline reported.

Rivera had gone missing last week while she took her son Josey, four, out on a boat ride.  Authorities with Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday said Rivera had died due to accidental drowning. The actress is survived by Josey, parents, Yolanda and George Rivera; brother Mychal and sister Nickayla.

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