Ryan Dorsey pays tribute to the former Naya Rivera on her 36th birthday

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Ryan Dorsey paying homage to his ex-wife and mother of his child, Naya Rivera on what would have been his 36th birthday.

The Big Island the actor, who was married to Rivera from 2014 to 2018, shared the emotional tribute to him Keep actress, who died from tragic drowning in July 2020.

In the carousel of photos, which was posted on his Instagram page, there were pictures of Rivera and the son they shared, Josey Hollis Dorsey, who was seven years old.

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“Looking at pictures gets a little easier with every little bit of time that passes… but I still don’t have answers to the questions why our sweet boy asks from time to time. I never will,” Dorsey wrote in the caption. “Doing the best we can.

“If you’re reading this no matter what you’re going through, take a moment to be thankful that you’re still here on this journey,” he said. “I know some days are harder than other days will rise, but we have to keep pushing forward.”

In July 2020, Rivera and her four-year-old son Josey rented a boat at Lake Piru in Southern California.

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Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera attend UNICEF's 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on October 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Dorsey and Rivera were married for four years. (Getty)

When Rivera did not return the boat in time, workers found him on the north side of the lake with young Josey sleeping in his life jacket on board.

The Keep star could not be found for five days before her body was found on 13 July. An autopsy later confirmed the cause of death as accidental drowning. Authorities also determined that Rivera likely saved her son’s life by putting him back on board the boat before she herself drowned.

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Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey and her son Josey.
Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey and her son Josey. (Instagram)

Last year, on what would have been the actresses 35th birthday, Dorsey detailed the emotional journey of visiting Rivera’s grave.

“Coming where you rest, a bouquet of daisies and baby’s breath. Trying to hold it together, feeling everything I feel, eyes getting wet still I can’t believe it’s real… my teeth trying to hold it together,” his father-in-law wrote.

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