How Ryan Dorsey Honored Naya Rivera On The First Mother's Day After Her Death

Following Naya Rivera's death in July 2020, her ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, has paid tribute to his late ex-wife. Dorsey marked what would have been Rivera's 34th birthday with a moving Instagram message and a photo of the ex-couple with their son, Josey Dorsey. "Just as surreal as it is real that you're gone. If that makes sense, but none of this still makes any sense," Dorsey wrote in his January 2021 Instagram post.

In July 2020, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Rivera's body was found at Lake Piru in California, per CBS News. Josey, who was four at the time, was found in a boat Rivera had rented for the two of them. Her death was listed as an "accidental drowning," per CBS News.

And in May 2021, Dorsey marked the first Mother's Day since Rivera's death by sharing another family photo and a sweet caption about the late "Glee" star. The image shows Rivera and Josey at a diner, sharing a dessert and sporting matching grins. Keep reading to see what the "Justified" actor said about Rivera on Josey's first Mother's Day without his mom.

Ryan Dorsey thanked Naya Rivera in an emotional Mother's Day post

Naya Rivera died in July 2020, but her legacy is alive and well for her ex-husband and son. In a Mother's Day Instagram post honoring the "Step Up: High Water" actor, Ryan Dorsey thanked Rivera for all she had done for their family.

"We can't say the word happy but we'll say thank you for being a mother & giving me this sweet amazing boy," Dorsey wrote in his caption alongside a photo of Josey with Rivera (pictured above). Fans and loved ones shared their own kind words in the comments, with some wishing Rivera a "Thankful Mother's Day," too. "May she rest in peace, you are doing such a great job with Josey, she is very proud of you," another fan wrote.

In another Instagram post in January 2021, Dorsey shared a message about his son's resilience. "This little couldn't be any prouder of someone. At such a young age, he's endured more than anyone should at 5 years old," Dorsey wrote. It's clear that Rivera will live on in Josey and his dad's hearts for years to come.