Naya Rivera yelled ‘help’ before drowning, recalls four-year-old son
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Naya Rivera yelled ‘help’ before drowning, recalls four-year-old son

Naya Rivera’s four-year-old son Josey has shared heartbreaking new details of how his mother drowned.

The former Glee star disappeared on 8 July after taking her son Josey on a boat ride at California’s Lake Piru. Her body was recovered days later following an extensive police search and she was laid to rest in a private service at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on 24 July.

In new police papers, obtained by People, further details of the star’s tragic demise have been shared, with Josey telling investigators that they counted “1, 2,3” together before happily jumping off their little boat.

He goes on to tell authorities that the mum-of-one had laboured to make sure her child was safely back on the boat before she succumbed, with the documents detailing: “She helped him onto the boat and he then heard (Naya) yell ‘help’ and she put her arm in the air.

“She then disappeared into the water,” the report states, according to People.

The autopsy, which officially rules Naya’s death an accidental drowning, noted that Rivera was healthy but had a history of vertigo “that would get worse when she was in the water.”

Her vertigo was intense enough that she had been treated for it at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, according to the report.

Josey, whose father is Naya’s ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey, was found asleep on the boat the afternoon of the incident, wearing a life jacket and wrapped in a towel.

The lake closed briefly after the tragedy before reopening to the public in August.

– Cover Media

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