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Glee star Naya Rivera’s final tragic few moments have been revealed in her newly-released autopsy report.

Naya was found dead age 33 after she accidentally drowned in Lake Piru, California after renting a boat and taking her son out with her.

A search was launched for the Glee star on 8 July after her rented vessel wasn't returned on time – the star's son was then found alone on the boat and Naya's body was found on 13 July.

Now, an autopsy report has revealed the tragic circumstances which saw Naya lose her life and has unveiled her final few moments.

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Naya had visited the lake on previous trips, according to the report, and is described as being a “good swimmer”.

The actress, who was laid to rest at the end of July, declined a life jacket when she rented the boat but a member of staff assured a life vest was on board the vessel for her.

Naya and son Josey, three, are said to have jumped into the water “at all area known as Diablo Cove”.

Details of the autopsy shared with PA in Los Angeles stated that Naya called for help after using the last bit of energy to save her son.


It read: “Shortly afterwards Rivera pushed the boy back onto the boat. When the child looked back, he saw his mother put her arm in the air and shout ‘help’.

“Boat rental worker Bryan Tomaszewski went looking for the rented vessel when it was not returned on time and found Josey wrapped in a towel, wearing a life vest and asleep.”

The report adds: “A spare adult-sized life jacket was also on the boat, along with Rivera's possessions including her bag and mobile phone.”

Naya has reportedly originally planned to have a barbecue at the lake, before changing her mind and renting the boat instead, her mother Yolanda claims.

She had no medical history “other than vertigo and a recent sinus infection,” the report states.

Meanwhile, it has been reported by The Sun Online that Naya had alcohol and prescription drugs in her system when she died.

The autopsy report is said to have found: “A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.016.

“She also had levels of low levels of amphetamine, caffeine, diazepam, nordiazepam, phentermine.”

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Shortly after her death, Naya’s family shared a tribute to the star.

They said in a statement: “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 honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit.

“Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.”

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