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Naya Rivera's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey pays heartbreaking tribute to actress after tragic death

Danny Thompson
·Contributor
·3-min read
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera attend the UNICEF's Next Generation 2nd annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball on October 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera attend the UNICEF's Next Generation 2nd annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball on October 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

Ryan Dorsey, the ex-husband of tragic Naya Rivera, has paid tribute to the actress after she drowned during a boating trip with the pair’s four-year-old son.

The former Glee star was on a boat on Lake Piru, Southern California, earlier this month when she went missing.

Her body was found on 13 July, five days after her disappearance.

Read more: Police confirm Naya Rivera’s body found at lake where she went missing

Dorsey and Rivera were married between 2014 and 2018, and together they had son Josey, who was found physically unharmed on the boat the 33-year-old had disappeared from.

37-year-old Dorsey took to social media to publicly address the tragic accident for the first time, revealing he and his son had swam with Rivera just the day before she went missing.

Posting a picture of Rivera and Josey, he wrote on Instagram: “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.

STUDIO CITY, CA - JULY 27:  Actors Naya Rivera (L) and Ryan Dorsey (R) arrive at the Raising The Bar To End Parkinson's at Laurel Point on July 27, 2016 in Studio City, California.  (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
Actors Naya Rivera (L) and Ryan Dorsey (R) arrive at the Raising The Bar To End Parkinson's at Laurel Point on July 27, 2016 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

“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…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.”

Dorsey, who has had acting roles in shows such as Ray Donovan and Vampire Diaries, added: “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.”

Read more: Glee star Naya Rivera’s death was an accident, medical examiner says

He ended the message: To everyone that reached out and I haven't had a chance to or just didn't get back to you...thank you all for the overwhelming love and support you've sent our way.

“I'll just say in closing, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, forgive...forget...don't hold grudges....if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything. There's peace in silence. Time on Earth is precious and you just never know....you never know what could happen. Hold your loved ones close, and cherish the times you have with those you care about.”

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office declared Rivera’s death an accidental drowning.