Below Deck: Remembering Captain Lee’s son, Joshua Lee Rosbach

BELOW DECK, Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain (Photo by: Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo)
BELOW DECK, Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain (Photo by: Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo) /

Captain Lee Rosbach opened up a bit on this episode of Below Deck about the loss of his son, Joshua Lee Rosbach, back in 2019.

This episode of Below Deck got a little more personal with Captain Lee Rosbach.  Back on July 22, 2019, Lee’s son Joshua Lee Rosbach passed away after an accidental drug overdose.  Josh was 42 when he passed away and had been struggling with addiction for 20 years at that point.  Since then, Captain Lee has been using his platform to bring awareness to the issue in order to keep the memory of Josh alive.

Back in July, Captain Lee spoke to People on the one year anniversary of Josh’s passing.  “It’s difficult to put into words because it’s such — we’re not wired to do this at all. It’s not something that’s supposed to happen to you. We’re wired in the opposite way. We’re supposed to die before our children do.”  He went on to note that you might get better at coping with the loss of someone or the feelings, but the sadness never goes away.

Lee and his wife, Mary Anne, created a scholarship in Josh’s name with Awaken Recovery Center in Greenacres, Florida.  The scholarship provides the opportunity for someone to receive in-house treatment at the center for as long as they need to stay.  Lee and Mary Anne even personally dropped off the first recipient.

On last night’s episode, we got to see a side of Lee that we rarely do.  He had a glass of wine with Francesca Rubi and opened up a bit about the situation.  It was around March when this was filmed, so you could tell it was just one of those days where the grief gets the best of you.  Losing someone to addiction isn’t an uncommon thing anymore, and hearing someone like Captain Lee speaking about it is so helpful.

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Josh was survived by his parents, sister, brother, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and a whole lot more people that loved him.  Rest in peace, Josh, and thank you for sharing his story, Captain Lee.

Below Deck is on Bravo Monday nights at 9 PM ET!