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Naya Rivera's Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit Almost 2 Years After 'Glee' Actress' 'Preventable' Drowning

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Mar. 1 2022, Published 8:49 a.m. ET

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Naya Rivera's family has reached a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit.

Rivera's ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, filed the suit in November 2020 against Ventura Country, Calif., on behalf of their 6-year-old son, Josey, who was with the former Glee star when she accidentally drowned at Lake Piru during a boating trip.

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Dorsey, 38, sued the county's Parks and Recreation Management, as well as the United Water Conservation District, for wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress after arguing that Rivera's death was "preventable," according to People.

As outlined in the new settlement, "Josey will receive just compensation for having to endure the drowning of his beloved mother at Lake Piru," the family's lawyer, Amjad M. Khan, said in a statement earlier this week.

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"Though the tragic loss of Josey's mother can never truly be overcome, we are very pleased that the monetary settlement will significantly assist Josey with his life beyond this tragedy," the lawyer continued, adding that the settlement is "subject to approval by the Ventura Superior Court on March 16."

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In the lawsuit, Rivera's family reportedly accused lake officials of misconduct for failing to prevent her death by neglecting to display proper signage about the dangers of the lake considering its "deadly history."

According to the outlet, the docs stated that there wasn't "a single sign anywhere — not at the entrance, at the dock, at the popular swimming area of Diablo Cove, not anywhere — warning of the lake's strong currents, low visibility, high winds, changing water depths, underwater caves, ledges and drop offs, or the trees, brush and other debris that congest its waters due to the vastly changing water levels and winds."

As OK! previously reported, the family also argued that the pontoon boat Rivera rented was missing the proper equipment to keep her safe amid the dangers of the lake.

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"The allegations of specific statutory violations regarding safety equipment and noncompliance with the conditional use permit regarding signage, as well as allegations that defendant knew of the dangers of the lake, and had received complaints from other patrons, that over two dozen individuals had died in the lake, that Parks and Recreation failed to instruct Ms. Rivera to wear her life vest, failed to outfit the boat with a floatation device, and failed to outfit the boat with an anchor which could have prevented Ms. Rivera from being separated from her boat and ultimately drowning," the court documents stated, per the outlet.

The family insisted the argument laid out in the lawsuit reflected the "despicable conduct" of lake officials for "willful and conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others," it was reported.

Rivera — who was 33 years old at the time of her death — was found dead in the lake in July 2020 after multiple days of searching for her. Authorities presumed the actress likely saved her son by putting him back on the boat before she died.

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