Naya Rivera was remembered by her spouse and children Tuesday as an “amazing talent” and “even larger person” a working day after her body was recovered from a Southern California lake.
“While we grieve the reduction of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honor her eternal legacy and magnetic spirit,” Rivera’s family said in a statement to Deadline.
“Naya was an incredible talent, but was an even better human being, mom, daughter and sister,” the family wrote.
Rivera, 33, disappeared last Wednesday soon after she took a pontoon boat out on Lake Piru with her 4-calendar year-outdated son Josey.
Her human body was recovered by authorities Monday and by Tuesday an autopsy on her continues to be confirmed her cause of demise as drowning.
Investigators consider she died soon after mustering plenty of energy to get her quickly properly out of the water, then falling underneath the area.
“We imagine it was mid-afternoon when she went swimming, the idea being, possibly, that the boat began drifting … and that she mustered more than enough electricity to get her son back again on the boat but not adequate to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff William Ayub informed reporters at a push meeting held immediately after the discovery of her overall body Monday.
He added that “[Her son Josey] explained getting served into the boat by Naya, who boosted him on to the deck from driving. He appeared again and saw her vanish underneath the surface of the water.”
The “Glee” star’s relatives thanked authorities for their search and recovery efforts.
“We prolong unlimited gratitude and ovation to the heroine who observed her,” the family members statement reported.
“Heaven obtained our sassy angel. We kindly ask for that our privateness be revered all through this pretty hard time.”