Keshia Chante’s Ex-Fiance And Former Hockey Player, Ray Emery Dead At 35
Former National Hockey League goalie Ray Emery, and for former fiance of “106 & Park” host Keshia Chant died this past weekend in a drowning accident while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
According to ESPN.com, Hamilton Police Department Emery had been reported missing at 6 am on Sunday morning. Later, in the afternoon, his body was recovered near the location where he had last been seen.
Authorities say the drowning does not appear to have included any foul play. First responders were able to locate Emery’s body quickly once they’d called the dive unit. But the search took longer than expected because of concerns for the divers.
The inspector called Emery’s death “a case of misadventure.”
Emery played with the NHL for 11 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in 2013.
The NHL expressed their condolences with this tweet:
As we reported earlier, Keshia Chante called off the couple’s engagement last October after appearing on the cover of Today’s Bride.
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Although it is an honor to grace the cover of Today’s Bride, it is also bittersweet because I decided to not get married. It hasn't been easy. It's a hurtful, gut wrenching experience. I gave it a long hard look and had to make the most painful decision of my life but I know in my heart, it was the right one. I was 21 years old when I began dating Ray. We were together for 7 years. I spent the majority of my 20's with my first real boyfriend & the reality is, what you choose to accept at 21, is not necessarily the same for 28, or forever. I was unhappy for quite some time but I believed loyalty & patience took precedence over my own contentment. Over the years, I dedicated & sacrificed a lot to support his career & well-being only to realize I lost myself, compromising my own hopes & dreams in the process. The relationship became unhealthy. Countless chances were given yet not enough changed. Ultimately, you can't help someone who doesn't want to help themselves. A few months before the wedding, my gut reaction was to finally accept that it just didn't feel right. I was no longer willing to accept less than what I deserved. So many of us get caught up in the pressure & expectations to get married. We should follow our hearts & make decisions for ourselves – not to appease social norms, or try to appear "perfect" for others. Weddings are beautiful but they should be about the celebration of a beautiful life & union! Despite all of this, Ray & I will always love each other. I respect him & our time together immensely, simply it is time to move on, and that’s ok. We only have one shot to live our best life and it's time I live my life for me. xx
A month before the announcement, Emery was arrested for a physical altercation where Emery threw an object at Chante. When she went to authorities, Chante alleged that Emery had abused her on several different occasions from July- September 2016. She presented enough evidence for police to determine that a warrant for his arrest was necessary.
And even though she was able to recognize that a marriage between the two of them would not have worked out, she did post a very moving tribute to Emery on her Instagram page, calling him the love of her life.
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Raymond Robert Emery (Sept 28 1982-July 15 2018) my heart is heavy. i am at a loss. distraught. obliterated. The love of my life, best friend, the man i was going to marry. U loved me with every fibre of ur being even though it overwhelmed me at times. U took care of me, protected me. So incredibly passionate, loving & affectionate. My cuddle bear. That smile.. the way u looked at me. U always made sure I knew how much u loved me. Even at the very end. Intelligent, hilarious, entertaining, giving, charismatic, a leader, family-oriented, a fierce competitor, good hearted, determined. U always amazed me. A hip disease where they said u wouldn’t walk again. I watched u go from bandages, to walking, to skating, to playing pro hockey again then to winning a Stanley Cup like a King. A superhero I called u. Unfortunately my baby, u believed u were invincible in every way. God, I wish I didn’t need to walk away. Many nights I stayed awake worried about u not coming home. my biggest fear. ur lifestyle catching up with u. today is now the worst day of my life. The day u would leave this earth. 35 years is too young my love but God, did u ever live ur life to the fullest. U brought so many along with u, took care of many, loved to share, loved to laugh, a great story teller. Literally the life of any party. 7 years together & so many incredible adventures & memories I will hold onto forever. We lived in 6 cities & went through the good, bad & the ugly together. Sometimes we fought but we fought for each other more than anything. Thick & thin. U taught me so much. U gave me all of u & I’m so grateful to have had u in my life. No one knew u the way I did & it was an honor that u let me in that way. It was an honor that u asked me to marry u. We were inseparable, attached, a bond so rare. My heart is completely broken. Big Fella, I love u always. My heart is with the Emery Family & everyone who loved him so prolifically. We will get through this together.
Condolences to Keshia and Ray’s family and friends.