Naya riveraThe father has candidly revealed how his family is dealing with the actress’s tragic death almost a year later.
George Rivera spoke with Entertainment tonight in an emotional talk before his first Father’s Day in America (June 20) without his daughter, and how the Joy alum’s son, Josey, is dealing with the pain.
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“Nickayla and Ryan are doing a great job,” George said of Naya’s sister and her ex-husband. “Difficult situation, especially because [Josey] it was there – it’s not like you’re talking about a ghost that’s floating, is it? He has memories too, but boy, is he on the mend, right? Really strong boy. “
“We handle him and talk to him like he’s five and six,” he added. “It’s no different, but when he wants to talk about his mother, we talk about his mother, in conversation. He is growing up and handling it very well.”
In July of last year, Naya died of accidental drowning on Piru Lake outside Los Angeles. He was 33 years old. At the time, the actress had decided to take her son, Josey, now five, on a rented pontoon for a day on the water.
In an interview with People last week, George recalled the last time you spoke to your daughter. Naya had FaceTimeed her father asking if it was safe to go swimming, to which he advised his daughter not to do so after she told him the boat had no anchor.
“I could see the wind was blowing and my stomach was shrinking,” he recalled. “I kept telling him, ‘Don’t get out of the boat! Don’t get out of the boat! It’ll drift away when you’re in the water.’
George said after a few minutes, the FaceTime call dropped and he started to worry.
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“It was just heartbreaking. I had a bad feeling that it was killing me,” he recalled.
Days after the accident, authorities recovered Naya’s body from the lake. According to the autopsy, her son was able to inform the police officers of his mother’s latest actions. Said they counted to three and we jumped into the water together.
In November, Ryan Dorsey submitted a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her son Josey, claiming that Naya’s accidental drowning was “totally preventable.”
“[The boat] it was not equipped with a safe access ladder, adequate rope, anchor, radio or any safety mechanism to prevent swimmers from being separated from their boats, “the court documents stated.” Disturbingly, a subsequent inspection revealed that the boat was not even equipped with any flotation devices or life preservers, in direct violation of California law, which requires that all pontoons over 16 feet [five metres] be equipped with flotation devices “.
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