The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office later revealed on Twitter that an autopsy showed Rivera died from drowning, and was described as an “accident.” It was dental records used by authorities that helped identify the actress.
It is believed by police that Rivera’s unanchored boat drifted away from the actress and her son while they were swimming in the lake.
Venture County’s Sheriff Bill Ayub said that Rivera “mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat but not enough to save herself.”
“Her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind,” Ayub continued. “[Her son] told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”
According to the initial 911 call and reports from local authorities, the little boy recalled taking a swim with his mum on Wednesday afternoon local time, before returning to the vessel alone.
In the investigative report later obtained by People, Josey said that his mother had counted “1, 2, 3” as they jumped off the boat together to swim in the lake.
Rivera “would have vertigo to the point of vomiting, but she learned to control the symptoms with antihistamines,” the report states, as per People. She had previously sought hospital treatment for the condition.
“This is so unfair … there’s not enough words to express the hole left in everyone’s hearts,” Dorsey, who was married to Rivera from 2014-2018, wrote. “I can’t believe this is life now. I don’t know if I’ll ever believe it.”
“You were just here,” he added, noting that Rivera and Josey had gone swimming at Dorsey’s house the day prior to her disappearance.
The actor revealed in the black-and-white video he was in disbelief he had to address “any of this nonsense.”
“I usually don’t read comments on my own stuff because I know how there can be 50 good things said and five negative ones. Somehow as humans we get those five negative ones stuck in our heads wondering how people could say certain things,” Ryan said.
“S*** man, I wish I was worried about a relationship right now. Not thinking about this and living with this every day,” Ryan said.
“I think to myself how lucky I am to still have my mom and still have her help out in my life still,” he shared.
“Then I think about how he won’t have that same opportunity in his future. It makes me beyond sad. I ask myself why? What did he do to deserve this? I know he didn’t do anything to deserve this, but the things people have said are sad,” he said.
He explained to his fans that he told Josey that Naya was in heaven, and he replied, “Well, I want to go there. How do I get there?”
“I wouldn’t wish that upon any of your ears to have to hear those words come out of the sweetest soul you know,” he added.
He also explained how it was Josey who asked for Nickayla to move in with them.
“[Josey] asks me if Titi can live with us. ‘I want Titi to live with us forever,’ because she’s now the closest thing he has to a mom. You’re going to need all the help you can get as a single parent trying to build your career and navigate this disaster with your child,” Ryan said.
While “it’s temporary and it’s not forever,” Dorsey wanted to give Josey the family he was asking for.
He praised Nickayla for everything she had done to help.
“To have a young woman who is his blood, his Titi, who is willing to put her life on hold and sacrifice things, uproot her situation for the betterment of your child,” Ryan said.
“So when you put your child to bed you don’t always have to be alone with your thoughts and you don’t have to be sad any day or night wondering when does it get better. At least you have someone there with you to talk to or just sit in silence and be sad with. You don’t have to deal with being completely alone,” he said.
Ryan ended his video hoping others will “think twice before they go insert their opinion and jump to conclusions. Think about sending people DM’s wishing death upon strangers who are dealing with so much that they know absolutely zero about”.