Family of man who died trying to save 4-year-old releases statement

Sean and Poppy Thayne (Photo: Courtesy Thayne family)

(KUTV) The family of Sean Thayne, who was killed Monday after jumping into the Provo River to rescue 4-year-old London Di Dios, gathered Tuesday evening to read a statement.

The family asked the media not to film any other members of the family except for James Gentry, Thayne's brother in law. The family thanked law enforcement and medical professionals and said it appreciated the public's concern but requested privacy.

Thayne's wife, Poppy Thayne, released this statement through the administrator of on a GoFundMe page set up to help with his funeral expenses:

Sean was the nicest person in the world. He always told me that I was his walking diamond. He told me that he was mine, and always would be. To the world he is a hero, but to me he was just Sean, and now he is gone.

Below is the statement from the family:

"Sean was a loving, brave and selfless man. At 6’3”, he looked over and looked out for all of us. Born August 25,1986, Sean was a self-taught computer programmer for Playground Sessions, a Quincy Jones company. He had an infectious smile that couldn't help but spread, especially when he was trying to win an argument with you. He was always selfless, willing to give his all to help those he loved. Sean was a student of the world, he loved to learn, travel, expand his horizons and meet new people and had a keen mind. He was the second oldest of 5 with an older sister and 3 younger brothers. Sean was learning Chinese on the internet when he found his beautiful wife Xin-Li Thayne, known as Poppy.

"This fund is to help Poppy cope with the sudden loss of her husband Sean, to help with funeral expenses, and to help her transition into earning a living to support herself. We would also like to use funds to bring awareness of the danger of the fast moving water by Bridal Veil Falls.

"Poppy and our family wish to remind parents and others to please stay away from raging water, as currents are often far stronger than they appear to be. It only takes a second for tragedy to occur. We thank the Utah County Sherriff’s office and Utah Valley Medical personnel for their attempts to save our Sean. We hope that more fences and warning signs can be erected to prevent further loss of lives.”

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