Lee Rosbach, Below Deck Captain, Reveals Death of Son

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Tragic news out of the world of reality television:

Lee Rosbach, a caption on the popular series Below Deck, revealed on Monday that his son, Joshua, died on July 22 from an accidental drug overdose. 

He was 42 years old.

Joshua Rosbach

There was a funeral held a couple days ago for Joshua, who battled addiction for two decades, according to his famous father.

“This past Saturday, my beloved wife Mary Anne and I laid our youngest son, Joshua Lee Rosbach to rest,” Lee wrote on Instagram this afternoon as a caption to the above photo of Joshua.

“After a twenty year struggle, he finally succumbed to the demons he fought so long and so hard.

"Addiction is an insidious disease that knows no social status or geographic boundaries."

Continued the Below Deck star:

“Whether you live in a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion or a double wide trailer, the path of death, destruction and devastation it leaves remains the same.

"We loved Josh unconditionally and were proud of the man he had become in spite of his problems. There was no one i ever knew who gave more of himself to those in his life.

"He loved with all his being without expecting anything in return. We both feel a hole in our souls that will never be filled.”

with Lee Rosbach

According to a tribute posted on Dignity Memorial, the 42-year-old died on July 22 “in the comfort of his home.”

Not much else is known about what transpired, but this same post continued as follows:

"At the time of his passing he was in the hearts and minds of those he loved the most.

"A gentle and kind soul, Josh was loved by everyone he came into contact with and never met a stranger. His smile, and although quiet personality were traits that people admired.

"But the simple things in life were exciting too, especially when he worked hard to buy his first home where he enjoyed spending quality time with his ‘Fur ever buddy and protector’ Champ.

"Josh followed his father’s love for the ocean, whether it was sail boating or First Mate aboard a Yacht.

"As a son, he was everything to his father and mother. He was a good brother and he loved the precious times they spent together."

Lee Rosbach

Lee Rosbach was born in Saginaw, Michigan and has been in the yachting industry for 20 years.

He released a memoir last winter and currently stars on the Bravo program Below Deck.

Lee concluded the tribute to his son as follows:

So my message to those of you who are fighting this disease, find a way to get help no matter what. For those of you who have a friend, family member, son, or daughter who’s struggling, do what ever it takes to get them the help they need.

Be kind and loving, and try to enjoy every second you have with them.

Do not pray for our son, but please take care of your children and friends who may need it, as it isn’t too late for them. Captain & Mary Anne.

kate c

As you can see above, Below Deck chief stew Kate Chastain shared her condolences to Captain Lee and his family on Twitter on Monday.

"Beautifully written statement by Captain Lee at what is certainly a devastating time," she said, adding:

"I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Captain Lee [and] his wife Mary Anne in their home and the love they have for their family has always been a privilege to witness."

Josh is survived by his parents, his sister and brother, nieces and nephews and numerous aunts and uncles.

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