Naya Rivera buried in private funeral 2 weeks after death

Her husband shares his thankfulness with family, friends and fans, urging them to, 'be kind,' 'forgive' and 'not hold grudges'

Actress Naya Rivera poses for a portrait session at Giffoni Film Festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Actress Naya Rivera, who tragically lost her life in a boating accident in Lake Piru, was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on July, 24.

Authorities found her lifeless body five days after she disappeared during a boating trip with her 4-year-old son Josey Dorsey.

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Weeks after her demise, the family finally was laid Rivera to rest in a private service.

Her husband, Ryan Dorsey, wrote on Instagram, “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.”

“Be kind to yourself, be kind to others,” he continues. “Forgive… forget… don’t hold grudges… if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything.”

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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. ♥️

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“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,” Dorsey shared via social media.

On July 13, five days after her boat rental expired, the body of the Glee star was found in Lake Piru.

She was reported missing July 8, after renting a pontoon boat to go out on the water with her son.  Rivera’s last moments were spent swimming in the lake with her 4-year-old son, Josey.

“We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub at a news conference. “It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”

“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,” he continued.

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She died at 33-years-old. Rivera was confirmed dead on July 13, five days after she disappeared during a trip to Ventura County’s Lake Piru. 

On July 14, the Ventura County Medical Examiner announced that an autopsy had been conducted and revealed Rivera’s cause of death as drowning and the manner of her death was an accident.

The death certificate obtained by People, confirms she died from drowning and there are no outlying factors that contributed to her death documented.

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