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Ryan Dorsey Pens Heartfelt Tribute to Ex Naya Rivera on What Would Have Been Her 34th Birthday

Laura Beatham
Jan 13, 2021
12:50 P.M.
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Ryan Dorsey wrote a heartfelt tribute to his ex Naya Rivera on what would have been her 34th birthday on his Instagram alongside a photo of himself, Naya, and their son.


Naya Rivera's ex Ryan Dorsey wrote a heartfelt tribute to her on what would have been her 34th birthday alongside a photo of himself, Rivera, and their son, Josey.

His post comes six months after Rivera tragically passed away during a boat excursion on Lake Piru in Ventura County, northwest of California.

The late Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey pictured at the UNICEF's Next Generation's 2nd Annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


Dorsey had posted about her death in late July with an emotional post on his Instagram. He wrote that life was unfair and that he was thankful for their times together and their son, Josey.

He shared a photo of Rivera and Josey snuggling together and wrote that he has photos and videos that show how much she loved her son. He continued in the caption:

"He'll never forget where he came from. We miss you. We will always love you."


Rivera had been reported missing on July 8, after the boat she rented with her four-year-old son was overdue to be returned. Staff at the lake only found her son sleeping aboard once the boat was located.

After a five-day disappearance, her body was found on July 13. The cause of death had been deemed as an accidental drowning by the Ventura County Medical Examiner.

He is trying to be the best dad he can be and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Josey.


Rivera's 34th birthday would have been on January 12. Dorsey marked the occasion with a heartfelt tribute and a black and white photo of the family with a sleepy Josey leaning against Rivera's chest.

Alongside the family photo, he wrote that it was surreal that she was gone and that her death did not make sense and shared an inside joke between them. The caption read:

"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...❤️ ? ???❤️"


A source revealed to People that Dorsey was doing his best to keep Rivera's memory alive for their son. The father and son frequently look at pictures together, and he reminds him of the fun they all had together.

He is trying to be the best dad he can be and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Josey. He is suing Ventura County's Parks and Recreation Management and The United Water Conservation District.

The lawsuit claimed that Rivera's death was preventable. The boat they had rented from the lake did not have the necessary equipment and features to comply with coast guard regulations.

The couple was married from 2014 to 2018. Dorsey had remained close with Rivera's family, and her sister, Nickayla is now helping the single dad raise Josey.