A day after the tragic confirmation, Rivera’s loved ones commented on their great loss in their first public statement since the actress went missing.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayer for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week,” the statement, issued by Rivera’s manager to Deadlineread “While we mourn the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to respect her eternal heritage and magnetic spirit. Naya was an amazing talent, but she was an even older person, mother, daughter and sister.”
Her family also recognized the people who helped her find her. “Thank you to the men and women of the Ventura, Tulare and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Departments for your commitment and unremitting effort to find Naya,” they continued their statement. “We extend our endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her peers, colleagues, and fans for your continued support.”;
“Heaven got our sassat angel,” the family concluded. “We kindly ask that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”