Naya Rivera is celebrating a major milestone in heaven.
The late “Glee” actress may be gone, but her legacy lives on in her son, Josey Dorsey.
Naya’s baby boy isn’t a baby anymore. The six-year-old recently celebrated his kindergarten graduation.
Naya’s Son Is A Kindergarten Graduate!
Thanks to his dad, Ryan Dorsey, the rest of the internet got to see the adorable little guy proudly display his “diploma.”
Ryan and Naya married in 2014, welcomed Josey in 2015 and unfortunately split in 2017.
Despite their breakup, the couple co-parented little Josey and remained on civil terms before her untimely death in 2020.
The “Ray Donovan” actor shared a carousel of snaps with his little boy to Instagram on Tuesday, June 7.
Ryan Dorsey Is A Proud Dad
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“Can’t believe it but it’s officially ✌️out Kindergarten !!!!🧑🎓My baby boy is really a big boy now on his way to 1st grade?!” he wrote. “I love you so much and you make me so proud to be your Dad! Upward and onward to the next chapter my little man!! ❤️.”
Ryan’s followers flocked to his comments with congratulations.
“Dad deluxe,” Jenna Berman commented.
“Wow 😭😭😭 congrats josey!!!!!” and “Congratulations to both you beauties!” others wrote.
Other people made sure to let Josey know his mom is looking down on him with pride.
“Congrats Josey! I’m sure ur moms looking down very proud🙏🏼🤍,” a fan replied.
Naya Is Smiling From Heaven
Another wrote, “omggg he’s so big !! Congratulations handsome 🤍 you’re mama is so proud of you!!!! 🤍.”
“Ryan you are the best dad to this sweet little boy, he is so lucky to have you, Naya is smiling from heaven,” this fan wrote.
Next month will mark the second year since Naya tragically passed away.
Next Month Marks Two Years Since Naya Rivera Died
The actress and her son took out a pontoon boat on Lake Piru in July 2020. While she was in the water with Josey, something horrible went wrong.
She was able to get her son safely back on the boat before she went under water and never came up. Naya’s cause of death was “accidental drowning.”
Her tragic death sparked a wrongful death lawsuit by her ex-husband and her estate.
On Monday, February 28, The Blast broke the news.
According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, a settlement was reached by the star’s estate and Ryan.
Naya’s untimely death sparked a lawsuit by the family against Ventura County, CA. on behalf of her son.
Josey was represented by his father, and the estate was represented by the late actress’ business manager.
The family sued the county, along with United Water Conservation District and Parks and Recreation Management, accusing them of failing to warn visitors of the dangers of boating and swimming in the lake.
In the initial complaint, the family claimed the boat rented by the “Glee” star for a fun day on the water with her son, was not equipped with flotation or lifesaving devices, a ladder, rope, anchor, or any equipment designed to keep swimmers from being separated from their boat.
In their response, Ventura County officials claimed the death wasn’t their fault, considering the actress decided on her own not to wear a life jacket. At the time, they claimed the actress was “offered a life vest” but she “declined to wear” it.
“Ms. Rivera was offered a life vest by Parks Management Company’s boat rental agent, which Ms. Rivera declined to wear, after which the rental agent ‘put the vest in the rental boat,” a legal response read.
“While Naya and Josey were swimming, the boat started to be carried away — likely by the current and wind, which gusted up to 21 miles per hour that afternoon,” an attorney for the family stated.
In a statement issued by the Rivera family’s lawyer, Amjad M. Khan, Ryan and her family are “very pleased” with the monetary settlement.
“Through this settlement, Josey will receive just compensation for having to endure the drowning of his beloved mother at Lake Piru,” Khan’s statement read. “Though the tragic loss of Josey’s mother can never truly be overcome, we are very pleased that the monetary settlement will significantly assist Josey with his life beyond this tragedy.”