More details are being released about the tragic drowning of Naya Rivera.
As previously reported the “Glee” actress’ body was found in Lake Piru after an extensive search with 100 people, including professional divers and law enforcement agents. On Monday Ventura County Sheriff’s officials confirmed that they found the actress and held a press conference to release more details.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub told the press that Naya “used the last of her strength” to save her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey who was swimming alongside her, and put him safely back on the boat before she went under. He also suggested that the actress succumbed to strong riptides in the lake.
“She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ayub said.
Ayub added that the young boy told investigators he looked back and saw his mom disappear under the surface of the water.
CNN reports that while investigators are confident that the body they found floating in a section of the lake that’s between 35 and 60 feet deep is Naya, the body is at the Ventura County Coroner’s Office and the identity will be confirmed through dental records.
Naya’s “Glee” castmates were photographed at the lake mourning their costar…
and several have spoken out on social media including actress Amber Riley and actor Chris Colfer, who played Kurt on “Glee.
“How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t,” wrote the actor. “Her brilliance and humor were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness.
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How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be. 💔 Sending all my love to her wonderful family and her beautiful son.
“My favorite duet partner. I love you and I miss you,” Amber captioned a video of Naya and her son. “I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings.”
We’re sending sincere condolences to the friends, castmates, fans, and family of Naya Rivera.