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Carl Radke Will "Never Forget" the Advice Captain Lee Gave Him After His Brother's Passing
Amanda Batula called the Below Deck captain's support the "true definition of a Bravo family" at the Summer House reunion.
No matter what's going on in the Summer House, these roommates will always put drama aside to be there for a friend in need. That's exactly what they did for Carl Radke, rallying around him after he lost his older brother, Curtis, in Season 5.
It was revealed during Part 2 of the Summer House Season 5 reunion, which aired on May 6, that Carl also received support from another familiar face. "Captain Lee [Rosbach] has experienced the same thing with his son and reached out to Carl," Lindsay Hubbard shared during the sit-down with Andy Cohen. "And it was like the most beautiful, sweet thing, this connection through traumatic experience."
Amanda Batula then noted at the reunion how this was the "true definition of a Bravo family."
Captain Lee's son, Joshua Lee Rosbach, passed away at the age of 42 in July 2019 after a battle with addiction. Below Deck viewers watched the captain open up about his journey with grief in Season 8, which was filmed in early 2020.
In response to a fan who applauded him for helping Carl deal with his loss, Captain Lee tweeted, "Something we all could do more of, is it easy, no but it's the right thing to do. Give all you have, and you will never be poor."
Carl then tweeted his gratitude to the Below Deck captain for his valuable advice. "I'll never forget you telling me 'You can't go wrong doing the right thing, it may not be comfortable or easy, but it's still the right thing to do, and doing the right thing is what will make you the most comfortable with the man in the mirror,'" Carl recalled in his tweet. "You're the best Captain Lee."
Carl also reflected on this most difficult moment of the Summer House season in a post on Instagram in advance of Part 2 of the reunion, thanking everyone for all of their love during this emotional time. "I wouldn’t be here today without the support of my family, friends and of course all the Bravo fans who have been supporting me since day 1. Reliving the passing of my brother was very difficult but I’m still reminded that I’m not alone. One day at a time," Carl wrote in a post on May 6. "Thanks for allowing me to feel comfortable being this vulnerable and honest."
In the months since his brother's passing, Carl has worked hard to promote an open dialogue around mental health and honor his brother's legacy. He partnered with More Summer Fun for a fundraiser for Shatterproof, a non-profit organization working to end the addiction crisis in the United States.
Carl shared in his Instagram Story on May 6 that the fundraiser had been a success. "Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser in honor of my brother Curtis. We sold 470 shirts and raised $6,000 to benefit [Shatterproof]. Together we can break the addiction stigma," Carl wrote. "Thanks to [More Summer Fun] for the help with creating the shirt and bringing it to life to save lives."