Naya Rivera’s family release emotional statement: ‘Heaven gained our sassy angel’

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Following the death of Glee actress Naya Rivera, the star’s family have broken their silence on her untimely death. Rivera went missing on Wednesday 8 July last week after her four-years-old son Josey was found alone in their rental boat floating on Lake Piru.

The 33-year-old’s family described her as a “sassy angel” with a “magnetic spirit”.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week,” the family said via a Naya’s former manager Gladys Gonzalez.

“While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honour her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.”

They expressed their gratitude to the authorities for their hard work during the six-day search for the missing actress.


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“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,” the statement read.

“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.”

It comes after Rivera’s body was found on Monday morning by authorities searching the lake.

The full autopsy results show her death was an accident.

E! News obtained a statement from the official report: “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.

“There is no indication from the investigation or examination that drugs or alcohol played a role.”

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