KEY POINTS

  • After consultation with Naya Rivera's manager, Netflix decided to release the episode Friday
  • The episode marks the premiere of Season 3 
  • Season 3 is branded "Extra Sweet"

Late actress Naya Rivera’s final TV appearance on Netflix’s reality series "Sugar Rush" will air Friday, July 31.

In February, Rivera filmed a guest-judge appearance on the reality series following which the production of the show came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After consultation with the "Glee" star’s manager, Netflix decided to release the episode July 31. The episode is dedicated to the actress, Deadline reported. 

The July 31 episode marks the premiere of Season 3 which is branded "Extra Sweet."

On July 8, Rivera went on a boat ride in Ventura County's Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son, Josey. Hours later, Josey was found alone on the boat. The actress’ body was found the following week and the cause of death was determined as drowning by accident.

"The circumstances and visual characteristics all indicated that the body was that of Naya Rivera and the identity has been confirmed by dental comparison. The body has been x-rayed and a full autopsy has been performed. The autopsy findings are consistent with a drowning and the condition of the body is consistent with the time that she was submerged. No traumatic injuries or disease processes were identified at autopsy," the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed in a press release.

Rivera was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on July 24 and her death certificate, obtained by People, revealed that she drowned “within minutes.”

On July 25, Rivera’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, penned a heart-wrenching essay for the actress.

"This is so unfair...there's not enough words to express the hole left in everyone's hearts. I can't believe this is life now. I don't know if I'll ever believe it. You were just here... We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before. Life just isn't fair. I don't know what to say...I'm thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for," he wrote in an Instagram post.

US actress Naya Rivera had posted a photo of her and son Josey Hollis Dorsey on social media shortly before she disappeared US actress Naya Rivera with son Josey. Photo: AFP / Chris Delmas