Naya Rivera Died in a tragic drowning accident, son Josey was found alone on the boat
Almost a year after the tragic death of actress Naya Rivera, her father George Rivera talked about her son Josey and how he is dealing with this loss. Josey is a 5-year-old son of Naya and her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey. After her death, Josey has been living with Rivera’s family. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, George gave updates on his grandson and also praised Naya’s sister Nickayla Rivera and her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey for taking good care of Josey.
“Nickayla and Ryan are doing a really great job,” George said. “Tough situation, especially because he was there — it’s not like you’re talking about a ghost that’s floating around, right? He’s got memories as well, but boy is he coming around, right? Really strong kid.”
In July 2020, Naya Rivera along with her son Josey, went on a boating trip in Lake Piru, California. The late actress rented a boat but for some reason was unable to return it.
And so the search for mother and the son began. A few hours later, Josey was found sleeping alone on the boat and Naya was nowhere to be found. However, after a 5-day search, her body was discovered and she was declared dead. The Glee alum’s father revealed that the situation was tough and especially for Josey who saw the traumatic incident with his eyes.
George explained, that the family does not bring Naya Rivera much in their conversation with her son Josey, however, whenever he wants to know something about his mother, they tell him happily, “We handle him, and we talk to him just like he’s a 5-year-old going on 6. It’s no different, but when he wants to talk about his mother, we talk about his mother, in conversation. He’s growing up and handling it really well,” he said.
Over the year, George Rivera has opened up about his daughter’s death and the trauma that followed the family plenty of times. In an interview with PEOPLE, George revealed that he got a FaceTime from Naya on the day of her death, when they went on the boating trip and that he warned her to not go for a swim as their boat did not have an anchor. “I could see that the wind was blowing and my stomach was just cringing,” he recalled. “I kept telling her, ‘Don’t get out of the boat! Don’t get out of the boat! It will drift away when you’re in the water.'” George explained that right after the call got disconnected he had a bad feeling for his daughter.