Naya Rivera’s cause of death revealed as her family issues statement: ‘Heaven gained our sassy angel’

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Naya Rivera arrives for the March Of Dimes: Imagine A World Premiere Event at L.A. LIVEâs Microsoft Square on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, Californi (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

Naya Rivera’s cause of death has been confirmed as drowning, one day after her body was discovered. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said on Tuesday 14th July 2020 there’s “no indication” drugs or alcohol played a role in the tragic accident.

“The circumstances and visual characteristics all indicated that the body was that of Naya Rivera and the identity has been confirmed by dental comparison,” the report, obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, reads. “The body has been x-rayed and a full autopsy has been performed. The autopsy findings are consistent with a drowning and the condition of the body is consistent with the time that she was submerged. No traumatic injuries or disease processes were identified at autopsy.”

The office concluded, “There is no indication from the investigation or examination that drugs or alcohol played a role in the decedent’s death, but specimens will be submitted for toxicology testing.”

Rivera’s family issued a statement to deadline on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Heaven gained our sassy angel.” They asked for privacy during this difficult time.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week. While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honour her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister,” they said via Rivera’s manager, Gladys Gonzalez.

The family thanked everyone who was involved with the search and recovery mission.

“Thank you to the men and women of the Ventura, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Departments for your commitment and unwavering effort to find Naya. We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support,” they concluded.


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