Naya Rivera Laid To Rest
Naya Rivera has been laid to rest. According to reports, her funeral was held on July 24th. The Glee actress, who was 33, was reportedly buried in Hollywood Hills, Calif.
As previously reported, Naya Rivera drowned on July 8, 2020, near Santa Clarita, California while swimming with her four-year-old son Josey, who was found alone on their rented boat. Her body was recovered from the lake on the morning of July 13, following a five-day search.
The Ventura County sheriff suggested that Rivera and Josey may have found themselves caught in a rip current – these can be common in the area of the lake they were in, especially during the afternoon – and struggled to get back to the boat, which was found unanchored and so may have drifted from where they entered the water. He concluded that she likely “mustered enough energy to save her son, but not enough to save herself”, noting that Josey described being pushed back onto the boat by his mother. On July 14, the Ventura County medical examiner released an autopsy report stating that the cause of death was an accidental drowning, and that there was no evidence of injury or intoxication.
Naya was an actress, singer, and model. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family (1991–1992) at the age of four. For the part she received a nomination for a Young Artist Award. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera got her breakthrough role in 2009 as lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received critical acclaim and nominations for numerous awards.
We send our condolences to her family and friends.