Naya Rivera's ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, with whom she shares a son, Josey, has paid a touching tribute to the Glee star on the first anniversary of her funeral. Naya tragically died while out on a boating trip with her then-four-year-old last July, who was later found alone and asleep on a boat. An autopsy later confirmed that she had drowned while out on Lake Piru.
Taking to Instagram to give an update on Josey, Ryan penned a heartbreaking letter to Naya and shared a collage of three black and white images – one showing their young son giving a thumbs up to the camera, two of Naya and Josey together.
Sharing his emotions with his 175,000 followers, Ryan wrote that he was still in shock over Naya's death and was struggling to believe that a full year has gone by since she was laid to rest.
"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," he began. "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. He’s an intuitive soul to say the least. To know him is to love him, everyone that meets him is always smiling."
Ryan also added that Josey is doing well, describing him as a strong and resilient child. "He misses you but knows he’ll see you again, and the invisible string is something that’s helped us out during this ever-evolving transition of your time with us on earth that was unfairly, and for reasons we’ll never understand, cut short too soon."
He also explained why the choice of a picture of Josey giving a thumbs up was an especially poignant one, recalling a sweet memory that Naya shared with her son. "The thumbs only seemed right, I remember the first time he did it back to you," Ryan said. "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…"
The post also explained that Josey had lots of family around him, showering him with love every day, and that he is "being raised right".
Our thoughts are with Ryan, Josey and all of Naya's loved ones.
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