BET Host Keshia Chante Mourns Loss Of Ex, NHL Player Ray Emery Who Tragically Died

Posted On : July 17, 2018

BET host and Canadian singer Keshia Chante is mourning the loss of her former fiancée, former NHL goaltender Ray Emery. Keshia and Ray were once engaged to be married but she called off their engagement a year ago.  Calling Emery her best friend, Keshia Chante took to Instagram to pay homage to Emery as he tragically died on Sunday morning from a horrible  accident in Ontario, Canada. He was only 35 years old.

BET’s Keshia Chante’s  Former Fiancée & Former NHL Goalie Ray Emery Tragically Died:

BET Host and Canadian singer Keshia Chante is mourning the loss of her former fiancée, Ray Emery. Emery was a former goalie for the National Hockey League and he played with the NHL for 11 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in 2013. Chante and Emery dated for 7 years and had plans to get married. However, Chanted called their wedding off last October. While they were no longer together, that didn’t stop Chante from loving him as she was heartbroken to learn of his tragic demise.

According to  ESPN, Emery was enjoying a morning swim in Hamilton Harbour, which is on the western tip of Lake Ontario, in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Emery was hanging out with some friends as his friend’s boat was moored at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. While hanging out with friends, Emery dove in the water, however, he never resurfaced.

Mr. Emery had gone for a swim and did not surface after he dove in the water, said  Insp. Marty Schulenberg of the Hamilton Police. All of the events leading up to him diving in are still part of our investigation.We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results, Police Inspector  Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator 

Emery’s body was found at about 2:50 p.m. Sunday, about 20 yards from where he went into the water. Police officers do not suspect foul play as they believe that Emery’s death was a “case of misadventure”. On Monday, July 16, 2018, an autopsy was performed and the results confirmed Ray Emery’s cause of death was drowning.

Former 106 & Park Host Keshia Chante Penned An Emotional Tribute To Former Fiancée Ray Emery:

On Monday, Keshia Chante took to Instagram and shared a picture of the two of them during happier times and expressed her disbelief at Emery’s death.

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. U had demons u were fighting, ones that u felt u were too invincible to confront the way I wanted u to. God, I wish u would have, 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.

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. U had demons u were fighting, ones that u felt u were too invincible to confront the way I wanted u to. God, I wish u would have, 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.

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Keshia Chante Called Off Her Engagement To Ray Emery Last Year:

Keshia Chante dated Ray Emery from June 2010 through to 2017. They ad plans to get married but she called off the  wedding to the National Hockey League player after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced. A month before Chante called off their wedding, Emery was arrested for a physical altercation where Emery allegedly 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. After gracing the cover of a bridal magazine, Chante shared with her followers that she had no plans to get married.

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

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 Despite the fact that Chante recognized that a marriage between her and Emery would not work out, she never stopped loving him.
Rest in peace, Ray Emery

Remember…Love has the power to heal or kill… Always proceed with caution!

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