Four Months After Naya Rivera's Accidental Death, A Lawsuit Has Been Filed

Brenda Watkins
November 19, 2020

A search and recovery crew found Rivera's body five days later after an extensive search of the lake.

According to reports, Ryan Dorsey, who was married to the Glee star from 2014 to 2018 and is the father of her son Josey, filed paperwork along with the actress' estate on the 5-year-old boy's behalf, claiming that his mother's death was preventable.

They are suing Ventura County, United Water Conservation District and Parks and Recreation Management for neglecting to sufficiently warn Lake Piru visitors of its possible dangers and failing to outfit the boat Rivera rented with appropriate safety equipment.

The complaint claims that "when Naya arrived at the Lake Piru Recreational Area, without a shred of information or warning about the unsafe conditions on the lake, she rented a pontoon boat", the complaint stated.

In the documents, filed on Tuesday and obtained by TMZ, Dorsey's attorney, Amjad Khan, alleges the vessel was "not equipped with a safely accessible ladder, adequate rope, an anchor, a radio or any security mechanisms to prevent swimmers from being separated from their boats, nor any flotation or lifesaving devices".

The family of Naya Rivera - the late "Glee" actress who died on July 8 after drowning in Lake Piru - has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Ventura County, Calif., where the lake is located.

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As noted in the suit, Lake Piru has a "deadly history", as "more than two dozen people" - at least 26 other people - have drowned in it since 1959. Help!' in her struggle to get back to the boat and avoid drowning.

Ventura County Police Department said at the time, that Naya likely used her last bit of strength to push Josey to safety on the boat.

Nothing came back in Rivera's toxicology report to change that the cause of death was drowning and the manner of death an accident. "She helped him onto the boat and he then heard the decedent yell "help" and she put her arm in the air".

Rivera's autopsy report stated that winds reached as high as 21 miles per hour the afternoon she went missing.

It's believed that Rivera's final act was saving the life of her son.

We should note that Josey was found "wearing a life vest" by an employee after Naya's disappearance, but his mother did not have a vest on her when her body was found. Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub suggested that she managed to save her child, but did not have enough energy for herself. "Doing what's best for Josey is really what it all boils down to".

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