Naya Rivera's ex Ryan Dorsey's heartbreaking tribute to late star

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·4-min read

Naya Rivera’s heartbroken ex has revealed the former Glee star will "always" be with him in a heartbreaking tribute on his Instagram account.

Ryan Dorsey took to his Instagram account, two weeks after it was revealed that Naya died by drowning on Lake Piru in California, while on a boating trip with her four-year-old son, Josey.

Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera at The UNICEF Dia de los Muertos Black & White Masquerade Ball at Hollywood Forever Cemetery benefitting UNICEF’s education programs for Syrian children on October 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Ryan Dorsey has paid tribute to late Glee star Naya Rivera in a heartbreaking post. Photo: Getty Images

The 37-year-old actor promised he would never let their son Josey "forget where he came from" alongside a loving photo of the pair of them together.

"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,” he started the post.

“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."

Naya Rivera with her son, four-year-old son Josey.
Ryan posted this photo of Naya with her four-year-old son, Josey. Photo: Getty Images

On July 14th, the Ventura County Sheriff's department confirmed a body had been found at Lake Piru in California and later that day confirmed it was the former Glee actress in a press conference.

“She was found near the surface of the water,” the Sheriff revealed, saying the depth of the water in that area is between 35 and 65 feet deep, with heavy brush and trees under the lake bed.

“As you can imagine it’s been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, our hearts are with them and we share their grief for Naya’s loss.”

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The Sheriff went on to say that there was no indication of foul play or no indication that her death was a suicide.

The police department said Naya’s son, Josey, said the pair went swimming and he was helped back up on to the boat by his mum, “who boosted him on to the deck from behind”.

US actress Naya Rivera and son Josey Hollis Dorsey arrive for the premiere of "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" at the Regency Village theatre on February 2, 2019 in Westwood, California.
Naya went out on a boat on Lake Piru in California with her four-year-old son Josey, when she got into trouble while swimming. Photo: Getty Images

“He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”

The Sheriff said it would be speculation to say at this point how the events unfolded, however there are a lot of currents that appear on the lake, particularly in the afternoon, and they believe “perhaps the boat started drifting, it was unanchored and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back on to the boat but not enough to save herself”.

Josey was found a few hours later by a leasing agent, after Naya failed to return the boat.

He was wearing his life jacket and wrapped in a towel. An adult-sized life jacket was found on the boat.

Her body was discovered five days after the 33-year-old disappeared at the lake, where her son was found alone on July 8 on a boat the two had rented, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said.

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