The Ventura County Medical Examiner's office completed an autopsy on Naya Rivera's remains on Tuesday, confirming that the actress passed away due to accidental drowning. Fans had mixed feelings about these findings, with many all the more heartbroken by its finality. Many flocked to social media to grieve together on Tuesday evening.
Rivera disappeared while swimming in Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, on Wednesday, July 8. Police and others searched for the Glee star for days before finally locating her body on Monday. While all the evidence suggested that she had drowned by accident while swimming with her 4-year-old son, an autopsy was conducted just to be sure. According to a report by E! News, it found that she drowned by accident. This update took an emotional toll on many fans.
Rivera was a break-out star best-known for her tenure as Santana Lopez on Glee, and at 33 years old, many expected a long and prolific career for her. While she had complications in her past, many fans saw it as insensitive for officials to conduct an autopsy on her in the first place, as if that signaled an assumption that something unsavory had been going on.
Many were especially put off by the phrasing of the announcement in some cases, where officials or reporters emphasized that no drugs or alcohol were found in Rivera's system. They saw it as a classless presentation of the facts about a woman who died protecting her son.
Rivera's son, Josey Dorsey, told investigators that his mother helped push him back up onto their rented boat before disappearing under the water. He was later found alone on the craft, leading investigators to believe that she Rivera had been swept away in the current. Josey has since been reunited with his father, Ryan Dorsey.
Fans are understandably emotional about Rivera, and about the autopsy, that seems to confirm her heroic final act. Here's what they are saying on social media.
Thoughts and Prayers
So sad, my condolences & prayers go out to her family.🙏🏿🙏🏿— Allen (@Allen30405362) July 14, 2020
😣💔 rest in peace Naya... pic.twitter.com/yQRearUlmN— 𝙴𝚂𝙼𝙴 (@ayuesmeralda) July 14, 2020
Heartbreaking💔 https://t.co/6hfCM9mVcb— Ash Swan 🇨🇦 (@ashjswan) July 14, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking such a tragedy 💔— Lynn B (@girlees) July 14, 2020
Anyways her death is still full of interrogations and questions, i mean her death could be avoided in many ways, it’s too strange everything for me, we need to see what the autopsy says about it, maybe it can give us more information useful.— з а й ч и к 🍭 (@Dabitch71) July 14, 2020
sir , ain’t no fucking way .. ain’t no fucking way she’d leave her son just to go “swim” without a life jacket &&&& be a fucking “accident. rest peace beautiful soul. https://t.co/DioYTjkB6Y— ʜᴀʏᴀ (@Haya__503) July 14, 2020
Not likely whole thing seems fishy— Sawyer (@mostlysnow) July 14, 2020
She was only in there 5 days why were dental records needed to identify? https://t.co/O8X0J9ykti— 𓇬 APRIL (@IamApril317) July 14, 2020