Naya Rivera’s family pay heartbreaking tribute to Glee star after death: ‘Heaven gained our sassy angel’

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Naya Rivera's family have released a heartbreaking statement after an autopsy confirmed that the star accidentally drowned.

Glee star Naya’s cause of death has been confirmed as accidental drowning after her body was recovered from Lake Piru on Monday, 13 July.

Naya, 33, had been enjoying a day out on the lake on 8 July with her four year old son Josey, before she went missing and was presumed dead.

Her body was found on day six of the search at Lake Piru in Southern California.

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A statement has been released by Naya’s representative on behalf of her devastated family, according to Deadline.

It reads: “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.”

They continued: “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.”

Autopsy results have shown that Naya’s death was accidental drowning – one day after she was confirmed dead by authorities.

There was no indication that alcohol or drugs played a part in her death, and no traumatic injuries or evidence of disease were found.

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Specimens from her body will be submitted for toxicology testing.

A report obtained by E! Online stated: "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 in the decedent's death, but specimens will be submitted for toxicology testing."

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