Naya Rivera held up arm and cried out for help before drowning, autopsy reveals

Naya Rivera cried out for help and held up her arm before she drowned on a boating trip with her son.

The Glee star’s body was found in Lake Piru, California, on July 13, five days after she was reported missing after renting a pontoon boat with her four-year-old son Josey.

She was 33 years old.

The results of Rivera’s autopsy have been released, and Josey heard his mother shout ‘help’ before she disappeared into the water.

Josey said that the pair shouted ‘“1, 2, 3”  and jumped off the pontoon boat together at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, on July 8.

‘After getting into the water, Josey said his mother told him to get back on the boat, according to the report.

‘She helped him onto the boat and then he then heard [Naya] yell ‘help’ and she put her arm in the air. She then disappeared into the water.’

The report noted that Rivera was ‘considered to be a good swimmer’ and was in good health, but had a history of vertigo ‘that would get worse when she was in the water’.

It read: ‘The decedent would have vertigo to the point of vomiting, but she learned to control the symptoms with antihistamines.’

The actress had been treated at Cedars Sinai hospital for vertigo prior to her death.

The report also revealed that Rivera had been prescribed adderall for anxiety and was recently taking medication for a sinus infection. 

Additionally, the report states, she ‘used a marijuana vape pen and she would smoke about a pack of cigarettes per week,’ the report states.

The toxicology report stated that River had low-level amounts of amphetamine (Adderall, Dexedrine), diazepam, ethanol and phentermine (an appetite suppressant) in her system, as well as caffeine, at the time of her death. 

Her blood alcohol concentration was 0.016.

The report read: ‘[Naya’s] cell phone, syringes with a pink fluid substance, identification, and a filled prescription slip for amphetamine was found in [her] purse. 

‘Three 12 ounce White Claw alcohol cans were located near [her] purse. One of the cans was empty, one was open and was about 3⁄4 full, and one was unopened. There was a bag with food items on a bench seat near the front of the boat.’

According to her autopsy report, Rivera had ‘no known history of suicidal ideation or attempt’.

Rivera’s cause of death remains a drowning and the manner of death was ruled as an accident.

The star was previously found to have ‘died within minutes’ when she went under, and police said that she mustered up the strength to get Josey back into the boat, ‘but not enough to save herself’ when the boat started drifting.

Rivera was laid to rest two weeks after her death at Hollywood Hills cemetery Forest Lawn Memorial Park. 

The actress and singer was best known for her role as cheerleader Santana Lopez on the Fox hit Glee. 

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