‘Below Deck’ Season 8 is turning out to be a tense season for Captain Lee Rosbach. Usually, a captain doesn’t have to get involved in what the guests are up to and how the crew is handling their over-reaching demands. But this time, it’s been different. 

He has had to intervene when a drunk guest jumped into the water despite repeated warnings, and then there was chef Rachel Hargrove’s drunken spiel that James Hough was subjected to. The next morning, everyone felt the repercussions, including the Captain who checked in with chief stewardess Francesca Rubi asking why no one was helping the chef out with the produce?

When he learned of Rachel’s drinking problem, he was immediately reminded of his son Joshua Rosbach, who lost the battle with addiction. Fans were moved to tears to hear his heartbreaking story. Unfortunately, he gets reminded of Joshua’s death one more time when a guest shares how they lost their son to drugs. The captain was concerned, tensed and shed a few tears as he excused himself from the dinner table. He was seen sharing the same story with Eddie Lucas too. 

Although he doesn’t talk much about it, the hurt was palpable in his long Instagram post, which served as a tribute to his late son. “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,” he wrote and added how Joshua was a good man despite the issues he had. “We both feel a hole in our souls,” he added as he spoke of his and wife Mary Anne’s grief.

Who was Joshua?

He was 42, loved his dog Champ and lived with him in his home, which he worked hard to buy. Much like his father, he was interested in sailing. He died on July 22, 2019.

Catch all the new episodes of ‘Below Deck’ Season 8 on Bravo every Tuesday at 9/8c. For more information, check your local listings.

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