Rosario Dawson found her cousin Vaneza Ines Vasquez dead in her apartment last week.


The Sin City star, 38, found Vasquez, 26, lying unresponsive in her Venice, Calif., residence on Thursday. Dawson immediately called 911, who rushed the cousin to the hospital, but she was already dead.

Vasquez suffered from high blood pressure, as well as recent migraines. The early autopsy shows that she died of natural causes, but a full autopsy has not yet been performed, and the family is still awaiting the toxicology report.

Dawson’s family, it was reported this week, will buy low-income apartments in a newly renovated East Village building as part of a city program that converts shabby housing into affordable co-ops.

Dawson did not wish to make a statement at the time, but Vasquez’s mother Lisa Centeno posted about her daughter on Facebook. “Vaneza, my sweet, sweet beautiful baby – your passing has left me destroyed forever but I know you are at peace in Paradise,” she wrote. “I love you my alpha child.”

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