Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey has shared a heartfelt tribute to the late actress for Mother’s Day.

The 37-year-old actor shared a picture of his ex-wife with their five-year-old son Josey Hollis at an ice cream parlour.

In a sweet message Ryan thanked Naya for gifting him with their “sweet amazing boy”.

He wrote: "We can’t say the word happy but we’ll say thank you for being a mother & giving me this sweet amazing boy. #mothersday.”

Fans quickly took to the comments to share their condolences and tributes.

“She was the best mom ever, now she’s a mom angel,” wrote one fan.

Another commented: “Naya would be proud of you Ryan.”

A third said: “Enjoy your mother’s day up there Nay! Everyone knows you’re protecting and guiding your sweet body today and everyday.”

Some of Naya’s Glee cast-mates chimed in, with Jenna Aushkowitz posting a series of heart emojis while Heather Morris wrote: “This broke me.”

The couple first met in 2010 and briefly dated before they were forced to break up due to Naya’s acting commitments.

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They got back together in 2014 before finally marrying in Mexico and welcoming Josey in 2015.

However their romance sadly wasn’t to last and they split in 2016 only to reconcile and then file for divorce in 2017.

Naya went missing in July of last year while sailing with Josey on Lake Piru in California.

Her body was discovered days later and it was determined that her cause of death was accidental drowning.

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After Naya’s passing, Ryan penned a heartbreaking tribute to her where he told her Josey would always “know his momma loved him more than life”.

He took to Instagram to write: “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,”

“I remember sometimes you used to get annoyed at me: ‘Ryan can you stop snap chatting!’ Haha.

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"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.

  • Naya Rivera

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