NewsCovering California


Naya Rivera to appear on Netflix's ‘Sugar Rush’

'Glee' star Naya Rivera's cause of death ruled accidental drowning, medical examiner says
Posted at 8:31 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 23:31:18-04

Following her death, Naya Rivera will be featured in an episode from Season 3 of Netflix’s baking competition reality series Sugar Rush Friday, according to a report from Deadline.

This is believed to be the late actress's final TV appearance.

The episode was filmed back in February with Rivera appearing as a guest judge, sitting alongside the show’s host Hunter March and professional chef judges Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo. It was the last thing Rivera shot before the coronavirus-related Hollywood production shutdown, now in its fifth month.

Rivera was reported missing on July 8 after her 4-year-old son was found asleep by himself on a boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County. Her body was recovered on July 13.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner has ruled "Glee" star's cause of death as an accidental drowning.

Deadline reported after careful consideration in consultation with Rivera’s manager Gladys Gonzalez, a decision was made to move forward and release the episode as planned.

The episode is dedicated to Rivera, with an on-screen note honoring the actress appearing before the opening credits.