Captain Lee Rosbach of 'Below Deck' Shares a Tribute to Youngest Son Joshua Who Died of a Drug Overdose

Captain Lee Rosbach shared a touching tribute to his youngest son who died of a drug overdose, and he had a bit of sound advice for those battling addiction.

Captain Lee Rosbach and his wife Mary Anne laid their 42-year-old son, Joshua Lee Rosbach, who died of a drug overdose to rest over the weekend.


Rosbach, who is still reeling from the loss took to Instagram to share a lengthy tribute in his son's honour. He started by writing that Joshua fought his addiction for twenty years until he gave in to the demons.

The "Below Deck" reality star added, "He fought so long and so hard," before calling addiction an "Insidious disease," that knows no social status or geographical location.

Rosbach lamented the fact that the disease leaves nothing but death and destruction in its wake, after which he expressed the profound love he and his family felt for his late son.

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This past Saturday, my beloved wife Mary Anne and I laid our youngest son, Joshua Lee Rosbach to rest. 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. 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. 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

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The TV star wrote that they loved Joshua unconditionally, and were proud of the man he became despite his struggles. The bereaved father described the deceased as selfless, and he wrote that his son loved without expecting anything in return.

The Bravo star admitted, "There's a hole in our soul that will never be filled," and because he knew his son would never return, he asked his followers and fans not to pray for his family.

Instead, Rosbach asked them to help those who are battling addiction any way they can, and he pleaded with those dealing with it, to get help. The TV star asked his fans to spend time with those who have the disease, adding towards the end, "It's not too late for them."


Joshua died on July 22, at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to the tribute page opened in his honor, he passed away peacefully from an accidental drug overdose.

In his lifetime, the deceased, like his father, enjoyed being out in the water. He sailed and served as the first mate on a yacht, and his home was close to the sea.

Joshua never married, and his closest companion was his furry friend, Champ. The tribute page described the deceased as a "Kind and gentle soul" who loved his family and humanity.

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On my way home.........again.

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The Rosbach family asked fans and well-wishers not to send flowers, but give the money to the Humane Society of Broward County. Joshua's parents survive him, as well as four siblings, Sheri, Glen, Sean, and Eric, and in them, his memory will live on.

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