Ryan Dorsey, Naya Rivera’s ex-husband and the father of her son, Josey, has posted a tribute to the late Glee actress.
Rivera, who portrayed Santana Lopez on the popular Fox musical series, died in an accidental drowning in Lake Piru, California. She went missing while going boating with her 4-year-old son on July 8, and officials recovered her body on July 13.
“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,” Dorsey, who was married to Rivera from 2014 to 2018, wrote on Instagram on Saturday (July 25).
“You were just here… We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before,” he said. “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. 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,” Dorsey wrote.
He added: “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.”
See Dorsey’s photo and his full post on Instagram.