Almost two weeks after her body was found in Lake Piru, Naya Rivera has been laid to rest.
Per her death certificate obtained by People on Thursday, the “Glee” actress was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on July 24.
The document, filed in Ventura, California, listed the 33-year-old’s cause of death as “drowning” and states that she died within a manner of “[minutes].”
The certificate also said there were no other significant conditions that contributed to her passing.
After going missing on July 8 following a boating trip with her 4-year-old son Josey, Naya’s death was confirmed the following Monday by Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub.
While speaking to press, Ayub detailed the possibility that Rivera spent her final moments saving her son, who was found alone on a boat wearing a life jacket.
“We know from speaking with her son that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind,” the sheriff told reporters. “He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”
He continued, “The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored, and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.”
Over the weekend, Rivera’s ex-husband and Josey’s father Ryan Dorsey broke his silence on Instagram by sharing a pic of his late wife with their son.
“This is so unfair...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,” the actor wrote.
In his emotional note, Dorsey expressed gratitude to Rivera for the moments they shared while together.
“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. I remember sometimes you used to get annoyed at me: ‘Ryan can you stop snap chatting!’ Haha,” he said. “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.”
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This is so unfair...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. 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. 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. 🖤💔🖤 ♥️ To everyone that reached out and I haven't had a chance to or just didn't get back to you...thank you all for the overwhelming love and support you've sent our way. 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. Hold your loved ones close, and cherish the times you have with those you care about. ♥️
The two got married in 2014 and divorced in 2018.
Naya will be missed.