Naya Rivera's ex husband pays tribute a year after ‘Glee’ actress was laid to rest


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Naya Rivera died at age 33 in an accidental drowning at Southern California’s Lake Piru during a July 2020 outing with her son. Photo: AFP

The ex-husband of Naya Rivera wrote he “still can’t believe it” in an emotional tribute a year after the Glee actress was laid to rest.

Ryan Dorsey, who was married to Rivera from 2014 to 2018, shared endearing words about their five-year-old son, Josey, in the Instagram post late Saturday (July 24).

“The year has flown by, so fast that it doesn’t seem like it’s been a year at all,” Dorsey wrote. “Our boy has grown so much. He’s such an explorer, so inquisitive. He’s sweet, so funny, and his laugh always lights up the room. He’s an intuitive soul to say the least.”

Rivera died at age 33 in an accidental drowning at Southern California’s Lake Piru during a July 2020 outing with her son, the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said last year.

At the time, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Josey told investigators that Rivera lifted him back onto the boat while they were swimming that day.

“The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored,” Ayub said. “And that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.”

In Saturday’s tribute, Dorsey wrote that Josey is doing OK.

“To know him is to love him, everyone that meets him is always smiling,” Dorsey wrote of Josey.

“He’s such a resilient strong kid. He misses you but knows he’ll see you again, and the invisible string is something that’s helped us out during this ever-evolving transition of your time with us on earth that was unfairly & for reasons we’ll never understand cut short...too soon...” – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service

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