Glee star Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey pays tribute to late actress in emotional Mother’s Day post

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Naya Rivera's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey paid a touching tribute to the late actress as the US celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday.

The former Glee star tragically drowned at the age of 33 last July, with her body being found days after she was reported missing during a boat trip on Lake Piru with her five year old son, Josey.

Less than a year after her sad death, Ryan has taken to social media to share an adorable image of Naya and their son Josey to his 167,000 Instagram followers to mark the day.

In the gorgeous photo, Naya is wearing a black Adidas zip-up jacket and a black Atlanta baseball hat as she beams at the camera, sat inside a restaurant.

Josey wears a red and black jumper as he excitedly looks at a dessert placed in front of him and his mother on the table.

Actor Ryan wrote to his followers: "We can't say the word happy but we'll say thank you for being a mother & giving me this sweet amazing boy."

Some of Naya's former Glee cast mates were amongst the comment on the post, with Jenna Ushkowitz posting a string of love heart emojis.


Heather Morris added: "This broke me I love you," alongside more heart emojis.

One fan wrote: "May she rest in peace, you are doing such a great job with Josey, she is very proud of you."

Another added: "Thankful Mothers day to Naya and I hope Josey gives her lots of air kisses."

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A third penned: "Always praying for all of you. Much strength and wisdom. Thank you for being a good dad to Josey."

Last month, the cast of Glee reunited virtually to pay tribute to Naya as she was named as the recipient of a posthumous GLAAD award to mark 10 years since her character Santana Lopez came out as gay.

Demi Lovato said: "I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya's girlfriend Dani on Glee.

"The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls like I was at the time and her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world."

Jenna sweetly added: "Her best role was being a mom," with Matthew Morrison continuing: "To see her put all that energy into her son was just such a sight to see and something I'll always remember."

Naya's mum Yolanda Previtire submitted a statement to GLAAD, which read: "When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that, and she said, 'I feel great about it!' Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community."

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