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Naya Rivera's 34th birthday was honoured by her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, who paid a loving tribute to the late actress.

The Glee star died in July after disappearing in Lake Piru in Ventura County, California and actor Ryan, 37, shared a happy photo of the pair with their son on Instagram.

Naya started trending on social media as thousands shared birthday messages to the late star.

Pictured with their son Josey, who is now five, Ryan captioned the snap: "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…."

Ryan Dorsey pays loving tribute to Naya Rivera on her birthday
(Image: Ryan Dorsey/Instagram)

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The touching post comes six months after the tragic death of Naya, whose body was found on July 13 following a five-day search.

She was reported missing on July 8 after a boat that she rented with Josey, who was four at the time, was found with just the preschooler asleep aboard, after the boat was not returned.

A search-and-rescue operation was launched with Naya 'presumed dead' as emergency services soon changed to a recovery operation.

After an autopsy, Naya's cause of death was declared as accidental drowning and she was laid to rest on July 24.

Naya Rivera would have been celebrating her 34th birthday
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Some of Naya's Glee co-stars took to social media to pay honour to their former colleague.

Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel in the show, tweeted a picture of himself with the late singer dressed in her classic Cheerios outfits.

He captioned the snap: "Happy birthday, babe. Miss you."

Heather Morris, who played Santana's girlfriend Brittany, shared a black and white photo of herself with Naya on Instagram.

Captioning the pic, Heather wrote: "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."

Amber Riley, who played Mercedes Jones, wrote on Instagram: "A little update Naya, earth is REALLY ghetto now!!! Still, I miss you so very much and I wish you were here.

"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.

"I'm listening to Amy Winehouse, sippin wine, and eating a very fancy charcuterie in your honor today (don't worry, I'm checking on mom). HAPPY HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY ANGEL."

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