'Below Deck's' Captain Lee Rosbach Pays Tribute to Son Who Died From Apparent Drug Overdose

Captain Lee Rosbach announced the death of his youngest son Joshua Lee Rosbach on Monday. The yacht captain, who stars on Bravo reality series Below Deck, revealed his late son Joshua Lee Rosbach died following an apparent drug overdose on July 22.

'Below Deck's' Captain Lee Rosbach Remembers Son Following Overdose
Captain Lee Rosbach visits SiriusXM Studios on September 19, 2017, in New York City. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Lee Rosbach honored his son in an Instagram post.

"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," Lee Rosbach wrote.

Opening up on his son's 20-year battle with addiction, Lee Rosbach encouraged others struggling with the disease to keep fighting for their lives. "Addiction is an insidious disease that knows no social status or geographic boundaries," he wrote.

"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," Lee Rosbach continued. "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."

The captain concluded: "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 whatever 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."

Joshua Rosbach was 42 years old at the time of his death. Following in his father's footsteps, Joshua Rosbach also had a passion for boating. An obituary shared on Dignity Memorial said he enjoyed sail boating and had experience working as a First Mate aboard a yacht.

Instead of flowers, the Rosbach family requested for donations be made to the Humane Society of Broward County, keeping in line with Joshua Rosbach's love of dogs, particularly his own pup Champ.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with substance abuse, confidential help is available for free at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline. Call 1-800-622-4357. The line is available 24 hours, every day.