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Glee star Naya Rivera’s death ruled accidental drowning

Los Angeles: Glee star Naya Rivera died of accidental drowning, the Ventura County medical examiner said, marking the third tragic passing of a cast member from the popular television musical series.

Rivera, 33, was found in Lake Piru, near Los Angeles, on Monday, five days after going missing on a boating trip with her young son.

Glee star Naya Rivera went missing at a Southern California lake.

Glee star Naya Rivera went missing at a Southern California lake.Credit:AP

The medical examiner’s report said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in her death and no traumatic injuries or other medical conditions.

Rivera played cheerleader Santana Lopez on the 2009-2015 TV series about a high-school choir. Her drowning followed the drug overdose in 2013 of actor Cory Monteith, who played footballer Finn, and the 2018 suicide of Mark Salling (Puck) after pleading guilty of possession of child pornography.

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