Naya Rivera Cause Of Death: How Did Naya Rivera Die? All you need to know about how the American actress, singer, and model die.
Naya Marie Rivera was an American actress, singer, and model. She began her career as a child actress and model, first appearing in national television commercials.
At the age of 4, she landed the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family (1991-1992) which earned her a nomination for the Young Artist Award at age five.
After a few regular television roles and later guest appearances as a teenager, she got her breakthrough role when she played the lesbian dancer Santana Lopez on the Fox TV show Glee (2009-2015).
The role she played was praised by critics and received a variety of awards, including a SAG Award and ALMA Award, and also earned nominations for 2 Grammy Awards and one Brit Award.
She was born on January 12, 1987, Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States.
Naya Rivera Cause Of Death: How Did Naya Rivera Die?
On the 8th of July in 2020, Rivera drowned at Lake Piru near Santa Clarita, California, when she was swimming with her four-year-old son. After a five-day hunt for her body, it was retrieved from the water on July 13 in the early morning hours.
At the time of her death, she was in between seasons of the TV show Step Up, in which she was Collette Jones, who was the female lead.
After an autopsy was done, her cause of death was ruled as “drowning,” according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner.
“We believe that she mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said to the media following the discovery of her body.
Officials believe the body may have been tangled in plants and concealed from divers searching for her.
“[Josey] and Naya swam in the lake together,” Ayub said at the time.
“It was during that time that her son described being helped onto the boat by Naya. … He told investigators he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”