Below Deck star Lee Rosbach talks his son Josh's death from accidental opioid overdose: 'There's a hole there that can't be filled'

Below Deck star Lee Rosbach is opening up about his son Josh's death from an accidental opioid overdose. 

Rosbach, 69, spoke about his son's death publicly for the first time in a new interview with Page Six, nearly five months after he passed at the age of 42.

His son had long been battling adiction, with Rosbach stating that he and his wife had been expecting bad news about his son for the past two decades. 

Son's death: Below Deck star Lee Rosbach is opening up about his son Josh's death from an accidental opioid overdose
Son's death: Below Deck star Lee Rosbach is opening up about his son Josh's death from an accidental opioid overdose

Son's death: Below Deck star Lee Rosbach is opening up about his son Josh's death from an accidental opioid overdose

'We spent 20 years, every night, waiting for the phone call saying either he was in jail or that he was dead,' Rosbach said.

Ahead of his death, Rosbach said that his son had been off opioids and painkillers for about six months.

''He'd been doing well. We thought this time was the time we turned the corner. He had a DUI conviction about 12 or 13 years ago that he finally got off his record,' Rosbach said.

20 years: 'We spent 20 years, every night, waiting for the phone call saying either he was in jail or that he was dead,' Rosbach said

20 years: 'We spent 20 years, every night, waiting for the phone call saying either he was in jail or that he was dead,' Rosbach said

'He'd got himself a car. He was working. We thought we might have hit a milestone,' the reality star added.

It was Rosbach who found his son, after driving to his son's Fort Lauderdale, Florida home to check on him.

'I walked in and he was sitting on the sofa with his head in his hands, and I thought he had just passed out,' he said.

Discovery: It was Rosbach who found his son, after driving to his son's Fort Lauderdale, Florida home to check on him

Discovery: It was Rosbach who found his son, after driving to his son's Fort Lauderdale, Florida home to check on him

'I felt relieved. I thought he was fine. Then I went over to give him a hug, and he was cold. He'd gone,' Rosbach said.

Medical examiners revealed that his son had purchased pills that he believed were prescription opioids, but they were laced with cocaine, heroin and the incredibly powerful, lethal drug Fentanyl.

The ship captain added that he hates going to sleep and waking up, because there is, 'a hole there that can't be filled.' 

Relieved: 'I felt relieved. I thought he was fine. Then I went over to give him a hug, and he was cold. He’d gone,' Rosbach said

Relieved: 'I felt relieved. I thought he was fine. Then I went over to give him a hug, and he was cold. He'd gone,' Rosbach said

Rosbach is the father to four other children with his wife Mary Anne, and he said he's not entirely sure how he got into hard drugs, but the family moving around didn't help.

'Josh was a normal teenager up to a point. We moved a couple of different times,' he said, 'Those moves weren't easy on Josh.'

He added that his son broke his feet after a nasty car accident, and he was given prescription painkillers. 

Father: Rosbach is the father to four other children with his wife Mary Anne, and he said he's not entirely sure how he got into hard drugs, but the family moving around didn't help

Father: Rosbach is the father to four other children with his wife Mary Anne, and he said he's not entirely sure how he got into hard drugs, but the family moving around didn't help

Below Deck star Lee Rosbach talks his son Josh's death from accidental opioid overdose

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