Below Deck's Captain Lee Rosbach broke some devastating news to fans on Instagram yesterday. The 70-year-old yacht captain dedicated a heartbreaking message to honor his late son, Joshua Lee Rosbach, who died on July 22 at the age of 42.
What happened to Captain Lee's son?
"This past Saturday," he wrote alongside a photo of his son, "my beloved wife Mary Anne and I laid our youngest son, Joshua Lee Rosbach to rest."
Captain Lee revealed that Joshua battled a 20-year-long struggle with addiction before eventually passing on. "After a 20-year struggle, he finally succumbed to the demons he fought so long and so hard," the Instagram dedication continued.
"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," the post read.
"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 what will never be filled."
Captain Lee ended his tragic post with a call-to-action.
Rather than thank his fanbase of over a quarter million followers for their thoughts and prayers, Captain Lee concluded his Instagram post with a call to those who are fighting addiction and their families.
"So my message to those of you who are fighting this disease," he wrote, "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."
He added, "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."
According to Joshua's obituary, he passed "in the comfort of his home."
"Josh followed his father's love for the ocean," it reads, "whether it was sailboating or First Mate aboard a yacht."
Once celebrities learned of Captain Lee and his wife's loss, they came out in droves to pour their support and condolences.
Chief Stew Kate Chastain took to Twitter to write, "Beautifully written statement by Captain Lee at what is certainly a devastating time. I've had the pleasure of spending time with Captain Lee & his wife Mary Anne in their home and the love they have for their family has always been a privilege to witness."
Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino commented, "Drew and my heart goes out to you, your wife, and your beautiful family. Prayers coming your way." Cameran Eubanks of Southern Charm added, "I wish I knew the right words. Holding you and Mary Anne in prayer."
Even the Queen of Versailles, who was a recent guest on Below Deck Med, and lost her own daughter to an accidental overdose as well, wrote, "I am so deeply sorry for your loss. We lost our daughter Victoria to a drug overdose. I was on the Below Deck show with Captain Sandy and I did a tribute for Victoria by releasing Chinese lanterns into the heavens over the Mediterranean Sea."
Our hearts are broken for Captain Lee and Mary Anne, and we send our condolences to all of those close to Joshua in this incredibly difficult time.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, reach out for help. You can call 1-800-662-HELP 24/7 and speak to someone who can help you find a treatment center in your area.
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