Naya Rivera’s ex-husband remem

Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey and their son Josey. Image via Instagram @dorseyryan.

Naya Rivera’s ex-husband remembers ‘Glee’ star year after tragic death

A year after her drowning, Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey shared a heartfelt post with an update on how their son is doing.

Naya Rivera’s ex-husband remem

Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey and their son Josey. Image via Instagram @dorseyryan.

Just over a year after the death of Glee star Naya Rivera, her ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey, remembered her life, legacy and death all over again with a heartfelt post on Instagram on 24 July. 


Naya Rivera accidentally drowned while on vacation with her son Josey, whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.

Naya and Josey were out on a small boat at Lake Piru in Southern California when she lost her life on 8 July 2020. Her body was found five days later on 13 July with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office deeming the cause of death as an accidental drowning. Josey was found alone and sleeping aboard.

Taking to Instagram, Ryan Dorsey posted a picture of Josey with his thumbs up symbolising he’s okay along with two pictures of Josey and Naya together. The post was accompanied by a heartfelt tribute to the Glee star, a year after her untimely death.

“Today…A year ago we laid you to rest. I still can’t believe it. The year has flown by, so fast that it doesn’t seem like it’s been a year at all. 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,” wrote Dorsey. 

“He’s an intuitive soul to say the least. To know him is to love him, everyone that meets him is always smiling. He’s doing ok. He’s such a resilient strong kid,” he continued. 

“The thumbs up…only a deemed right. I remember the first time he did it back to you. At jujitsu, you gave him a thumbs up and he returned the gesture…it was so sweet. Maybe it’s silly and doesn’t make sense to be doing this on IG and putting this out there, but so is this whole thing. So there’s that,” he added.

He ended by reaching out to those going through a similar experience saying he hopes they will be as strong. 

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Rivera met Dorsey back in 2010 and they briefly dated. In her 2016 memoir, Rivera revealed that she had an abortion in 2010 shortly after splitting from Ryan due to her skyrocketing career and her successful role on Glee.

The pair got back together and married in July 2014. However, in 2016 she filed for divorce but called off the separation about a day later. In 2018, the pair finally did get divorced and agreed to share joint custody of Josey. Dorsey was granted sole custody of Josey following his ex-wife’s death.    

The Big Sky star still honors his ex-wife on social media on her birthday and Mother’s Day.

“We can’t say the word happy but we’ll say thank you for being a mother & giving me this sweet amazing boy.????❤️????#mothersday,” read the caption.

“Just as surreal as it is real that you’re gone. If that makes sense, but none of this still makes any sense…34..I could just hear you saying “Ah, I’m old AF now!” Ha…Rest easy old lady…❤️ ???? ????????????❤️,” read the caption.

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