Naya Rivera’s devastated ex-husband has paid tribute to the Glee star after she accidentally drowned during a boating trip with their four-year-old son.The actor went missing at Lake Piru in Southern California on July 8. Her body was recovered on July 13.Ryan Dorsey was married to Naya for four years from 2014 and is father to their son Josey Hollis, who was found unharmed on a rented boat after his mother disappeared.Speaking publicly about her death for the first time, Ryan said “I can’t believe this is life now”.Sharing a picture of his ex-wife cradling 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.“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.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by dorseyryan (@dorseyryan) on Jul 25, 2020 at 1:31pm PDTHe 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.”Ryan also thanked those who had been in touch to offer support for the family and urged people to “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”.Police believe the Glee star may have become exhausted while swimming in the lake. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office declared her death an accidental drowning.READ MORE: Naya Rivera's Glee Co-Star Shares Heartbreaking Duet With Son Tributes Paid To Naya Rivera After Glee Star's Death Is Confirmed By Police 'You Are A Hero': Big Sean Pays Touching Tribute To His Late Ex-Fiancée Naya Rivera
A body has been found body at the California lake where Naya Rivera went missing, US authorities have said.The former Glee star disappeared last Wednesday after renting a boat with her four-year-old son Josey Hollis at Lake Piru, California.Josey was found asleep and wearing a life jacket on the boat, with his mother nowhere to be seen. He told police he had seen her disappear beneath the surface.A rescue mission was launched but less than 24 hours later police said she was presumed dead.In a tweet posted on Monday evening, Ventura County Sheriff department said: “A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning.“The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2pm at the lake.”A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2 pm at the lake— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020According to local reports quoting the sheriff’s department, Naya rented a boat at Lake Piru at about 1pm local time. She and her son were swimming, and he was wearing a life vest, but she was not. On Thursday morning local time, the Ventura County Sheriff’s office said Naya was presumed dead, stating that the effort to find her was being considered a “search and recovery operation”.The 33-year-old star is best known for her portrayal of the cheerleader Santana Lopez in all six series of the musical comedy, Glee.More recently, she appeared in the TV series Devious Maids, and from 2018, she had a recurring role as Collette Jones in the Step Up: High Water YouTube series.Naya also appeared in films including At The Devil’s Door and Mad Families, and embarked on her music career in 2013, releasing the single Sorry, which featured her then-boyfriend Big Sean. In 2015, Naya welcomed son Josey with then-husband Ryan Dorsey. Naya tweeted a picture of her and the boy together the day before she went missi, which was captioned: “Just the two of us.” Investigators had stressed the many difficulties posed by the search, including strong currents, dangerous underwater debris and visibility of 1ft-2ft, PA Media reports.On Sunday, police extended their search to the cabins and outbuildings around the lake – as well as taking another look at the shoreline.It came after an online petition demanded the search be extended in case Rivera had left the lake.Police said they were almost certain she was still in the water. Sonar had been used to scan the bottom of the lake while police divers and cadaver dogs also took part in the search.Rivera looks increasingly likely to become the third major cast member from Glee to die in their 30s.Co-star Mark Salling, who Rivera dated at one point, killed himself in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.Cory Monteith, one of the show’s leads, died at 31 in 2013 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin.Related... Missing Glee Star Naya Rivera Presumed Dead, Police Say Fears For Glee Actor Naya Rivera After Star Goes Missing At Californian Lake