Naya Rivera honored by Netflix in 'Sugar Rush' episode

Brenda Watkins
August 2, 2020

It also won't be the only time the actress contributed to a show as a guest judge.

According to the Glee star's death certificate obtained by The Blast on Thursday, July 30th, confirms death by drowning, which the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed one day after Rivera's body was recovered after an extensive five-day search at the lake. Her 4-year-old son was found alive on a rented boat.

The episode with Rivera will air on Friday, July 31 on Netflix along with the rest of third season.

The tragic details of Glee star Naya Rivera's death have been confirmed.

The episode was filmed in February before television productions were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hunter March, left, Candace Nelson, Adriano Zumbo and Naya Rivera in Netflix's "Sugar Rush".

"The doc listed the cause of death as "drowning" and says Rivera died within a manner of "[minutes]".

On 8 July Naya was reported missing after her son Josey was found alone, asleep in a boat on Lake Piru in California.

"After careful consideration and in consultation with Naya's manager Gladys Gonzalez, a decision was made to move ahead with the episode and release it as planned", the report stated, adding that the episode will have a special dedication to Rivera before the opening credits roll.

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