Eva Longoria is comforted by Wilmer Valderrama after reading Bible passage at the funeral of Lupe Ontiveros
12:24 GMT, 4 August 2012
An emotional and upset Eva Longoria was comforted at the funeral of Lupe Ontiveros by friend Wilmer Valderrama, yesterday.
The two small screen stars joined over 800 family and friends who gathered at the St. Hilary Church of Perpetual Adoration to say goodbye to Ontiveros, who died July 26 at 69.
Longoria, 37, was clearly saddened by the loss and was seen crying as she left the service in Pico Rivera, California.
Sad times: Eva Longoria and Wilmer Valderrama left the funeral service for the late Lupe Ontiveros, yesterday
The former Desperate Housewives star looked distraught but was comforted by her good friend Wilmer Valderrama who also attended the funeral.
The pair met not too far from the church and both looked smartly dressed in traditional black attire.
Wilmer, 32, wore a suit, shirt and tie while Eva looked elegant in a well fitted dress with matching heels and sunglasses.
Lean on me: The two small screen stars had joined over 800 people in the church in Pico Rivera, California
Back to black: Both Eva and Wilmer wore the traditional funeral colours to say goodbye to their friend
Longoria and Ontiveros worked together on Desperate Housewives as bickering in-laws but they were good friends off screen.
Their relationship was such that Eva was asked to read a passage from the Bible as requested by Lupe.
Fighting back tears she said: 'But the just man, though he die early, shall be at rest.
Walk with me: Eva read a passage from the Bible during the service and fought back tears
Farewell: Over 800 family and friends who gathered at the St. Hilary Church of Perpetual Adoration to say goodbye to Ontiveros
Long standing: Lupe had her funeral at the same church she had attended for over 30 years
'For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years.'
With every pew in the church filled, a quietness had taken over the congregation as former co-stars, political activists and mayors of Los Angeles and Pico Rivera all said goodbye.
Many of the attendees signed a large portrait of Lupe and left personal touching messages for their much loved friends.
Famous friends: Former LA Law actor Jimmy Smits said a personal goodbye to Lupe as he stood over her coffin
Eternal rest: Ontiveros is best known for playing the convicted murderer Yolanda Saldivar in the hit 1997 film Selena
Eternal star: Friends and family wrote messages on a large portrait of Lupe outside of the church
One message read: 'Lupe, I will never forget that vase you gave me,' and another said 'Thank you for all the joy you brought.'
Eva took to Twitter to express her feelings and said: 'My heart is broken today saying goodbye to Lupe Ontiveros at her beautiful funeral. “She was the mother of our culture”-Eddie Olmos'.
She added: 'The amount of people showing their love and support today was overwhelming and I'm sure Lupe was smiling down at us today…#RIPLupeOntiveros'.
See you soon: Eva and Wilmer hugged before going their separate ways after the emotionally draining day
Eva took to Twitter to express her feelings and said: 'My heart is broken today saying goodbye to Lupe Ontiveros'
Once the funeral had ended Eva and Wilmer walked through the car park and said a tearful farewell with a long hug.
Ontiveros is best known for playing the convicted murderer Yolanda Saldivar in the hit 1997 film Selena, and was also an advocate for the fight against HIV/AIDS, and often co-hosted the Latino Commission on AIDS' fundraiser.
She died at the age of 69 following a battle with liver cancer, and was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park.