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“Glee” star Naya Rivera yelled for help before drowning, her son told investigators – CBS News

Naya Rivera shouted for help moments before she drowned in a California lake in July, according to new reports. She used her final moments to help her 4-year-old son back onto the boat the pair had rented, he told investigators. 

On July 8, Rivera and her son rented a pontoon boat at Lake Piru. Her son was later found alone in the boat, wearing a life vest, and Rivera’s body was not recovered until nearly a week later.  

According to an investigative report from Ventura County that was released on Friday, the 33-year-old actress, best known for her role as Santana Lopez on “Glee,” and her son jumped into the water together. Rivera put her arm up in the air and screamed “help” just before disappearing under the water. 

An autopsy report from the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause of death was drowning and the manner of death was an accident. The reports said Rivera did not have a history of “suicidal ideation or attempt.” 

The report noted that Rivera had no known medical history other than vertigo, which got “worse when she was in the water” and a recent sinus infection. It noted that she was “considered to be a good swimmer,” she was not known to use any illicit substances, and she had no COVID-19 symptoms. 

Naya Rivera and son Josey Hollis Dorsey arrive for the premiere of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” at the Regency Village theatre on February 2, 2019 in Westwood, California.

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Toxicology tests indicated she had a therapeutic level of the appetite-suppressant phentermine, therapeutic levels of prescribed amphetamines and the anti-anxiety drug Diazepam in her system. She also had caffeine in her system and her blood alcohol concentration was 0.016. No physical conditions or drugs were considered factors in her death. 

Officials recovered Rivera’s body on the morning of July 13.

The investigative report said Rivera was provided a life jacket but declined to use it. An employee told investigators that he rented Rivera the boat with the life jacket despite her refusal. She was not wearing it when her body was found.   

A boat rental worker found Rivera’s son, Josey, asleep on the boat a few hours after the rental was set to be returned. Josey told investigators that his mother helped him back onto the boat after swimming, but when he turned around, he saw his “mom was gone.” 

The investigative report said Rivera was familiar with the lake and had been there multiple times, also echoing that she was “able to swim well.”

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Jack Del Rio is Washington’s Plan B if Ron Rivera can’t coach while in cancer treatment – Hogs Haven

Ron Rivera shared the shocking news that he has cancer and will be treating it as he coaches the Washington Football Team this year. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma after discovering a lump on his neck in July. He learned he had cancer two weeks ago, and informed the team, and the world, yesterday.

This form of cancer is very treatable if caught early enough, but we don’t know exactly how far along it is at the moment. Treatments can include immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Rivera sounds positive as he begins this battle, and has been encouraged by his doctors to coach if he feels strong enough.

Rivera did say that there was a Plan B if treating his cancer takes him away from his duties as head coach. Everyone assumed Plan B was Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, And that has been confirmed by Ian Rapoport.

Jack Del Rio was the head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-2011. He also led the Oakland Raiders from 2015-2017 before leaving coaching, and starting his broadcasting career. Del Rio also has experience filling in for a Head Coach who has a health issue, taking over for John Fox to coach the Denver Broncos for 4 games in 2013(3-1 record) when he had aortic valve replacement.

Everyone hopes that Plan B doesn’t need to be used, and Rivera has a quick, and full recovery. The world is also dealing with COVID-19, and the added risks associated with it for cancer patients and others. Ron Rivera is a fighter, and will do whatever he can to beat this and coach this year. We all wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery!

The hope for Washington coach Ron Rivera is to coach — uninterrupted — thru the 2020 season as he receives treatment for squamous cell carcinoma. If he has to go to Plan B, I’m told DC Jack Del Rio would assume head coach duties. Del Rio has more than a decade of HC experience.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 21, 2020

Was told: Del Rio steps in if Rivera must miss any time. Expectation is would only miss during the week. If team needs to be addressed, Del Rio would be the guy. Remember: 3-1 as an interim coach in Denver.

— John Keim (@john_keim) August 21, 2020

I think we all gathered Ron Rivera’s coaching “Plan B” if he needs to step away while undergoing cancer treatments is def. coordinator and 2x NFL head coach Jack Del Rio. Rivera said as much today on the team site:

— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 21, 2020

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NFL head coach Ron Rivera diagnosed with squamous cell cancer – CNN

(CNN)Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, the team confirmed in a statement on Thursday night.

Prior to the statement, Rivera’s cancer diagnosis was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The team says the cancer is in a lymph node and was detected from a self-care check. The team also says that the cancer is in an early stage and is considered “very treatable and curable, providing a good prognosis for Coach Rivera for a full recovery.”
“For now, Coach has asked that the team keep things business as usual and remain focused, but a ‘Plan B’ is in place if it is determined that he should take some time off,” the team statement says.
The team also posted on Twitter on Thursday night, “We love you, @RiverboatRonHC. We’re all with you, Stephanie, Christopher, and Courtney.”
Jason Wright, recently named president of the team, tweeted, “Adding my prayers for health to the innate strength and deep resilience in @RiverboatRonHC’s body, mind, and Spirit.”
Rivera and his family thanked everyone for the outpouring of “love and support.”

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Ron Rivera Presser: “I think we’ve got a good group of young, young guys” – Hogs Haven

Today was the Washington Football Team’s first practice that was open to reporters(see pictures, videos, and updates here). It was also the first day the team had pads on and Head Coach Ron Rivera was excited to see some hitting from his new players. He wasn’t excited about the tempo and some of the bad habits that players had early in camp after an extended period of time off.

Alex Smith is being slowly reintroduced to football after recently getting cleared following his life-theatening leg injury/infection two years ago. Rivera is watching how Smith, Reuben Foster, and Bryce Love are responding to their returns to football practices.

You will see a lot of different combinations of players as the team tries to figure out the depth chart. Rivera specifically pointed out the offensive line and linebackers. Dwayne Haskins Jr. has also got some work in with all the WRs.


Ron Rivera: “Up tempo is important because we have to learn how to play fast.”

He said he saw little mistakes which left him disappointed.

— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 18, 2020

Ron Rivera said he wants his team to play fast and he was disappointed at times with the tempo. Saw some good things too but he wants his guys aware of the situation and players to know their assignments.

— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 18, 2020

Ron Rivera said he saw some things he liked, some things he didn’t in Washington’s first padded practice. He addressed the team after and stressed attention to details and tempo — two things he’s emphasized all offseason, really.

— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 18, 2020

Alex Smith:

Rivera says they’re slowly trying to reintroduce Alex Smith to football. Today was his first 7-on-7 work.

— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 18, 2020

Ron Rivera said they’re gradually bringing Alex Smith along. Had him in 7-on-7 today where there was no threat of people around his feet and to see him move. They’ll keep tabs on how he progresses.

— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 18, 2020

Rivera says Alex Smith’s foot movement is crucial when they’re evaluating. He said he saw good movement in his progressions. “You see that he’s still in tune with that,” he said.

— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 18, 2020

Rivera said he saw good movement from Alex Smith in pads. He’s a wily veteran, Rivera said, and he went through his progressions.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

Players returning from injury:

Rivera said he watched players coming back from leg injuries like Reuben Foster, Alex Smith and Bryce Love. Rivera said it was fun to watch them because he could see them getting more confident in their legs.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

Landon Collins:

Rivera on Landon Collins: “He’s a guy who can circle the troops.” He says they’re expecting him to be a leader.

— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 18, 2020

Troy Apke:

Troy Apke played well at free safety today. Rivera said he has sharp movements and he is a smart players. Rivera also emphasized the importance of finding the right combination of players, so the rotation could change every day.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

Different combinations in practice:

Rivera : “Very few positions are set in our mind right now.” He says you will see different combo of guys at positions as camp goes on.

— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 18, 2020

Rivera: “Very few positions are set in our mind right now. … You’re definitely going to see a different group of linebackers, that’s for sure.”

— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 18, 2020

Adding on to what Rivera said about finding the right combination: he said while Haskins was working with the first offensive line mostly, but he was working with the second group of receivers as well as the first bunch.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

Young QBs:

Rivera on what they’re looking for from their young QBs: “Is their body keeping up with their eyes. … You’ll hear us talk about mechanics, you’ll hear us talking about footwork. As long as he’s making good decisions, you feel like he’s progressing.”

— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 18, 2020

Correcting bad habits:

Rivera said he feels there are a lot of bad habits that need to be corrected because of players’ time away from the field with the pandemic. “We have to have them understand this is how we do things and this is how we want it done.”

— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 18, 2020

Since there were no OTAs and minicamps, Rivera knew some players would be a little rusty today. So, he stressed again that they need to do things the way the coaches ask of them. If that happens, then the glory will go to them.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

Hitting at practice:

Rivera on guys hitting today: “I do get excited about it. “

— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 18, 2020

Jonathan Allen:

Rivera said Jonathan Allen came up to him during practice and asked him how much he missed it. And honestly, he does. It’s exciting, Rivera said, to see everyone on the field in pads again.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

Ryan Kerrigan:

Rivera said Ryan Kerrigan has really taken to putting his hand on the ground, which has been fun to see.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

Rivera says some of guys have struggled with some of the technique things of going from 3-4 to 4-3 but when the light bulb comes on, they see it…

Says he can see Kerrigan getting more comfy with hand down in dirt. @WSHFootballSI @SInow @1067theFan @LockedWFTPod

— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 18, 2020

Head coach Ron Rivera said he was “very pleased” with what he saw from Montez Sweat and Chase Young. Rivera also likes what he sees from Kerrigan as he transitions to putting his hand in the dirt all the time.

— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 18, 2020

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

Head coach Ron Rivera said Dwayne Haskins Jr. “made some really good decisions” during today’s practice.

— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 18, 2020

Injury updates:

Ron Rivera, who does not like to talk about injuries, says DE Ryan Anderson and OL Saahdiq Charles missed practice today for minor injuries. Anderson worked on the side, and Rivera said the team hopes to have both back on the field “in the next day or two.”

— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) August 18, 2020

Team President Jason Wright:

Rivera takes some time to talk about Jason Wright. He’s excited to work with him. He knew him as a player, and now he’s getting to know him as a person.

— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 18, 2020

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Naya Rivera Remembered As “Beautiful Legend” By Her Family: “Heaven Gained Our Sassy Angel” – Deadline

On the fateful July 13, Naya Rivera’s family’s worst nightmare came true. After five agonizing days of a search operation at Lake Piru, the body of the former Glee actress was recovered. Rivera, a daughter, mother and sister, was 33.

Naya with her mom
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The gut-wrenching photos of Rivera’s parents and brother at the lake last week showed a family coping with unimaginable grief. Yesterday, they got closure by getting their girl back.

And while nothing will alleviate their pain, in their first public statement, released to Deadline by Rivera’s manager Gladys Gonzalez on their behalf, Rivera’s family chose to focus on Naya’s “everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit.”

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They also thanked everyone who was involved in the search, including “the heroine who found her,” as well as those who prayed for Naya, while asking for privacy as they continue to mourn her loss.

Here is the family’s statement:

We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week. While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.

Thank you to the men and women of the Ventura, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Departments for your commitment and unwavering effort to find Naya. We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her friends, colleagues, and fans for your continuous support.

Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.

Naya with her sister
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Actress-singer Rivera, also known for her roles on Step Up: High Water and Devious Maids, went missing Wednesday during a boating trip with her 4-year-old son Josey at Lake Piru north of Los Angeles. Her body was recovered yesterday, with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office today ruling her death accidental drowning. In her final moments, she is believed to have helped her son to safety on their boat.

Naya Rivera is survived by her parents, Yolanda and George Rivera; brother, Mychal Rivera; sister, Nickayla Rivera; and son Josey.

Here are two photos of Naya with her dad through the years:

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Naya with her son in her final Instagram post:

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Ron Rivera says it ‘would be awesome’ if Redskins change name by start of 2020 season – The Washington Post

Washington Redskins Coach Ron Rivera said he has been working with team owner Daniel Snyder in recent weeks to come up with a new name for the organization, and he hopes the change could happen within two months.

“If we get it done in time for the season, it would be awesome,” Rivera said in a phone interview Saturday.

Rivera said he and Snyder have been talking about a name change for more than a month, roughly around the time tribal leaders, politicians and others started their latest push for Snyder to reverse his long-standing policy and eliminate a name that is a dictionary-defined racial slur. He added that Snyder started speaking in earnest with NFL officials about the move 2½ weeks ago and suggested the owner is ready to make the move.

Snyder has been under tremendous pressure from top sponsors, including FedEx (whose founder, Fred Smith, is a minority owner of the team) and Nike, to change the name. On Friday, Snyder announced the franchise is undergoing “a thorough review” of the name, and people with knowledge of the situation said Snyder will change it.

Rivera, who has been vacationing, said Snyder has been calling him early on many mornings to discuss the name and brainstorm replacements.

“We came up with a couple of names — two of them I really like,” Rivera said, declining to reveal those possibilities.

Rivera said he believes the most important criteria for a new name is that it is respectful of Native American culture and traditions and also is a tribute to the military. The son of an Army officer, Rivera was raised on military bases; he noted that many Native Americans serve in the military, and he believes the new name should reflect that. And he indicated Snyder agrees with that.

“We want to do this in a positive way,” Rivera said, adding that he wants to be sure the name won’t be “a joke.”

Rivera’s feelings about the name have evolved. Part of his childhood was spent in the Washington area, and he grew up with an affinity for the franchise. He admired Hall of Fame linebacker Chris Hanburger and attended a football camp coached by the franchise’s all-time leading passer, Joe Theismann. And he loved the team name.

“It was hard to fathom that it was in any way a racist thing, to be honest with you,” he said. “Now, putting it in perspective, there’s been a change.”

He said he believes the name should change.

“My eyes are wide open,” he said.

When asked whether Snyder believes the same thing, Rivera said he thinks so, based on their conversations.

On Dec. 30, Snyder fired longtime team president Bruce Allen and hired Rivera as coach the next day. At the time, the team portrayed the moves as a fresh start for the beginning of a new decade. Rivera said he and Snyder have talked about the name change being a part of that new beginning.

Until a few days ago, Rivera had not publicly discussed the team’s name. This past week, he was asked about it during an appearance on a Chicago radio station. He caused a stir when he said, “I think that’s a discussion for another time.”

He clarified his remarks Saturday, saying he had prepared to talk about the team’s response to the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed — a subject he had addressed publicly earlier in June, when he announced a franchise initiative to create team-sponsored town halls to discuss race issues. He said he considered those protests to be a separate issue from the dispute over the team name — even though the latest calls to change the name spilled from the protests.

He said he didn’t address the name change directly because he considered it to be a Washington-area issue and he didn’t want to talk about it on a radio program in another city.

“That’s meant for the D.C. area,” he said. “That is our conversation.”

He said he has been researching the team’s history, reading books and other material on the subject, and he even had the team prepare a nearly two-hour presentation about the team’s beginnings and the name’s origins. He said he has not minded the process and believes it to be part of his job. And he said he took a call from “a high, high-up person” in the NFL office Friday to discuss the name change.

“It’s what I signed up for,” Rivera said.

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