Keshia Chanté’s Ex Fiancé and NHL Player, Ray Emery, Dies
Sad news for hockey fans has been reported. Ray Emery – National Hockey League goaltender and former fiancé of BET host and singer, Keshia Chanté – has died of a reported drowning.
According to reports, say was swimming at Ontario’s Royal Hamilton Yacht Club with friends yesterday (July 15th). He dived with a friend, and when the friend emerged from the water, unfortunately Emeryy didn’t. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. The NHL Alumni Association tweeted their condolences shortly after news broke:
We are saddened to hear about the tragic passing of #NHLAlumni and former goalie Ray Emery. Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family
— NHL Alumni (@NHLAlumni) July 15, 2018
As we previously reported, Emery was arrested last September for allegedly assaulting Keshia Chanté with a weapon and making verbal threats. Reportedly, this abuse occurred between July of 2016 to September of 2016.
Ray and Keshia had been together for seven years, with Keshia appearing on the cover of Today’s Bride. Keshia confirmed their break-up on Instagram while posting her beautiful cover:
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.
Emery played in the NHL from 2003 to 2015, winning the Stanley Cup title with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013.
Keshia Chanté hasn’t made a public statement regarding Ray’s death at the time. We wish both the Emery family and Keshia condolences and peace in this tragic time.