Two weeks after her body was found in California’s Lake Piru, Naya Rivera has been laid to rest.
The Blast reports Rivera’s private memorial service was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park last week. Other celebrities buried there include Michael Jackson, Nipsey Hussle, and Carrie Fisher.
According to her death certificate, Rivera was interred July 24. The document listed drowning as her cause of death, noting that she had no other significant contributing conditions.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a July 14 statement that “the body of a woman believed to be 33-year-old Naya Marie Rivera was recovered from the waters of Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. The circumstances and visual characteristics all indicated that the body was that of Naya Rivera and the identity has been confirmed by dental comparison.”
It continued, “The body has been X-rayed and a full autopsy has been performed. 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.”
Naya went missing July 8 while boating with her son Josey, 4. He was found safe aboard their rented pontoon boat. Her body was recovered six days later.
Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, Josey’s father, recently broke his silence on her death. Expressing how “unfair” it was, he wrote on Instagram, “There’s not enough words to express the hole left in everyone’s hearts. I can’t believe this is life now. I don’t know if I’ll ever believe it.”
Reflecting on the last time he saw her, Ryan added, “You were just here... We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before. Life just isn’t fair. I don’t know what to say...I’m thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for.”
He continued, “I remember sometimes you used to get annoyed at me: ‘Ryan can you stop snap chatting!’ Haha. I’m glad I didn’t listen to you because I have hundreds and probably thousands of snaps and videos that Josey will have forever and know his momma loved him more than life, and how much fun we had together as he was growing up. Life is all about good times and bad times but with Josey it makes the bad a little less so because a part of you will always be with us. He’ll never forget where he came from. We miss you. We will always love you. Love you Meep. 🖤💔🖤.”
Dorsey ended his note by thanking all those who reached out following Naya’s death. He stressed the importance of kindness, writing, “I’ll just say in closing, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, forgive...forget...don’t hold grudges....if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything. There’s peace in silence. Time on Earth is precious and you just never know....you never know what could happen.”
A source recently told People magazine that Ryan is living a “nightmare” after her death. They said, “Ryan has barely slept. It’s just a nightmare. Although he wasn’t with Naya, it’s Josey’s mom. Josey needs his mom.”
In a separate post, Naya’s younger sister Nickayla also paid tribute on Instagram. In a heartbreaking letter, she wrote, “There are no words to describe my love for you. Side by side or miles apart, our connection is infinite. Our bond is unbreakable. We were complete opposites, yet simultaneously the same. The yin to my yang. I never knew that by losing you, I would find so much of you in myself.”
Nickayla added, “I’ve never known a life without you in it & still can’t imagine it. My world is turned upside down. But through it all, everything we were, we are still. I’ll always look at you with the same eyes as I did when I was young. My shmaya, I’ll love you for eternity & miss you every second of my life.”