Police unveil Naya Rivera's tragic final moments—she used the last bit of strength to save her son.
The Glee star, 33, was confirmed dead after rescuers found her body in Lake Piru, five days after she went missing.
It has also emerged that one of the last things she did before dying was to make sure her son survived.
Describing her final moments, Ventura County official, Sheriff Bill Ayub, said:
"It would be speculation to say that there are [many] currents in the lake that appear particularly in the afternoon.""We believe it was mid-afternoon when she disappeared. The idea perhaps was that the boat started drifting. It was unanchored.""She mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat but not enough energy to save herself."
Before the incident, Rivera and her four-year-old son Josey had rented a boat at the lake.
Josey told rescuers he and his mother had gone for a swim.
However, the boy said his mother didn't get back into the boat. He explained that he saw his mother disappear under the surface of the water.
Before Rivera went missing, she also had FaceTimed family members and sent a photo of her son to a relative. It helped in locating the son.
Police said there's no evidence of foul play or suicide in Rivera's death. They found the actress's body near the water's surface, about 35–60ft deep.
The Sheriff's Department added:
"We know from speaking with her son that he and Maya swam in the lake at some point in the day."
"Her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind."
"He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the water's surface."
"The young boy was wearing a life vest."
Since rescuers recovered Rivera's body, fans have shared tributes on social media.
Her Glee co-stars have also paid their respects by visiting the lake where she spent her final moments.
Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel on the show, described Rivera's brilliance and humor as 'unmatched.'
"She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark.""[Rivera] inspired and uplifted people without even trying. She was truly one of a kind and always will be."
Josey is Rivera's only child, who she shared with her ex-husband and actor Ryan Dorsey.
Rest in Peace, Naya Rivera.