‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead after disappearing at a lake in California, authorities say (cnn.com).
"Glee" actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead after disappearing at a lake in Southern California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
"We're presuming that an accident happened and we're presuming she drowned in the lake," Deputy Chris Dyer said at a news conference Thursday.
The 33-year-old actress having gone to Lake Piru, a reservoir located in Ventura County, with her 4-year-old son in the afternoon and having rented a pontoon boat on which her son was later found alone after the boat was overdue, with him saying that his mother had “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up”, and with rescue efforts now switching to a recovery operation.
The lake has very low visibility with numerous plants and trees in the search area, making it unsafe for divers and a more complicated search, according to [Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Donoghue].
With the lake seemingly being somewhat notorious:
Lake Piru is a 1,200-acre reservoir with a 12-mile shoreline and over the years there have been a number of drownings, making it as hazardous as the ocean.
The 160ft deep lake holds deep columns of chilly water that can overwhelm people, the LA Times reported.
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Updated 13th July 2020
Ventura County officials said Monday that a body had been found at the lake, and our law enforcement sources have confirmed it is, in fact, her. A press conference sharing the news publicly is forthcoming.
Updated 14th July 2020
Tributes paid to Glee star Naya Rivera after death is confirmed by police (huffingtonpost.co.uk).
Her co-stars on the musical-comedy series were among those paying tribute.
Demi Lovato, who played Rivera’s on-screen girlfriend on the show, said she will “forever cherish” starring alongside her.
Calling attention to what Naya and the role had meant to her and the LGBT community:
"The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted queer girls (like me at the time) and open queer girls, and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world.
Updated 1st August 2020
The document, filed in Ventura County, California, confirms that Rivera's cause of death was "drowning" and states that she died within a matter of "[minutes]."
It also notes that there were no other significant conditions that contributed to her death.