KEY POINTS

  • Naya Rivera died in a tragic drowning accident on July 8, 2020
  • She is survived by her four-year-old son Josey
  • Rivera is best known for her role as Santana Lopez in “Glee”

Late “Glee” actress Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey visited her grave in Los Angeles and paid an emotional tribute on what would have been her 34th birthday.

Dorsey was snapped visiting Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills Tuesday to honor his late ex-wife, according to Page Six. The 37-year-old actor was photographed holding a small bouquet of sunflowers that he brought for Rivera. It is said that he was in tears while he visited the cemetery.

In addition, the “Station 19” actor posted an emotional tribute explaining that he still can’t believe that she is already gone. Sharing a photo of himself with Rivera and their son Josey on Instagram, Dorsey wrote: “Just as surreal as it is real that you're gone. If that makes sense, but none of this still makes any sense...34... I could just hear you saying "Ah, I'm old AF now!" Ha...Rest easy old lady..”

Commemorating the late star’s birthday, some of her co-stars took to social media and pay homage.

Actress Heather Morris, who played the role of Rivera’s “Glee” character Santana Lopez’s love interest in the series, posted a black and white photo of them on Instagram.

"Happy Birthday my angel. I can't write a sappy monologue because it's just too hard…but I love you and I can't describe how much I miss you," Morris wrote in the caption.

Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, and Kevin McHale are among other stars who joined Rivera’s fans to remember on her birthday.

Amber Riley, also Fox comedy-drama alum, posted a touching message with a photo of herself from the sets of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” August episode wherein she paid a tribute to her friend.

"A little update Naya, the earth is REALLY ghetto now!!! Still, I miss you so very much and I wish you were here," she captioned the photo. “There hasn’t been a day where you don’t cross my mind, and when you do, I take a moment of silence to remember all the beautiful moments we got to spend together.”

Rivera met with an untimely death due to drowning at Lake Piru, near Santa Clarita, California. On July 8, 2020, the “Glee” alum went on a boating trip with her four-year-old son, who was later found sleeping on the rented boat alone. After a five-day rescue and search operation, Rivera’s body was discovered at the bottom of the lake. It is believed that she helped her son get back on the boat before she drowned in the lake.

Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey did not celebrate Christmas together. Pictured: Rivera, Dorsey attend the March Of Dimes Celebration Of Babies Luncheon honoring Jessica Alba at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Dec. 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for March Of Dimes