RIP King Josh / Velo Libre

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  • "It doesn't matter what you ride as long as you ride like a king..." Josh, circa 2010

    Really struggling to put this together, not sure what to say. Josh passed away on Tuesday. For those that knew he was brilliant, bordering on savant but ultimately very troubled.

    I have spoken to his father who has said he'll be having an open funeral and you are all welcome:
    St Mary's Church, Walberton 21st February 2:30pm
    Followed by a wake in the pub Josh worked in.

    Really struggling to eulogise the kid, and I know he only deserved the best words, so when I can articulate how I feel about him a bit better I will have more to say. Often misunderstood and mostly by himself.

    He took his own life. A lot of people have been asking me how? I don't know how, I don't want to know and I'm not going to ask. Don't know how this information would benefit you (maybe offer some closure I guess) but please don't ask me.

    He liked himself some Geto Boys so if you're going to play something for him, let it be this.
    Geto Boys - My Mind Playing Tricks On Me - YouTube

    I love you Josh, I really wish I could have helped. Thanks you taught me a lot. I am so sorry

  • Bloody hell, man. Really sad to hear :(

  • Fuck. RIP Josh, I'm truly sorry.

  • met the dude a couple of times, also read his blog which i found quite entertaining, i'm sad to hear this, rest in peace man.

  • Wow, that's sad. Didn't know him, but my thoughts are with those who did.

  • Terrible news. RIP dude.

  • Sad times. Really sad times.

    I'm going to re-read that thread about his utterances.

  • RIP dude, sad times :-(

  • Poor sod. Always made me chuckle.

    My thoughts are with those close to him.

  • RIP forumite

  • RIP josh

  • Bloody hell awful news. RIP man.

  • I last met Josh at Steffs funeral.

    Very sorry to hear this news.

  • My first friend on the forum. He will be greatly missed.
    I will be driving to the funeral if anyone wants a lift? 4 spots in the car.

  • Awful news. The world has lost a character.

  • adios amigo.

  • Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I remember a conversation with Josh ages ago at SE drinks where he explained his forum name. He had been given a bike for free, either by a french person or it was a french bike, not sure, so he chose "free bike" in french as a pseudo. But the translation "velo libre" was slightly mistaken as it doesn't mean the bike was for free but that it was free (as in freedom), which was quite a nice, fortunate and poetic mistake.
    RIP Josh

  • Never knew the fella but that's rough all round. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

  • What a shock. Sad news indeed.
    Thoughts with Josh's family and friends

  • Jesus fuck. When I saw him back in London I thought maybe he was on the up again. His unique take on life will be missed.
    Which pub was it he worked at? I would like to be there.

  • This is so sad. Josh started out on the forum as hostilejosh and one of the first conversations we had was at EHBPC 2009, when I suggested to him to change his username. I met him a surprising number of times at drinks compared to how I always felt I didn't really know him. I last saw him at London's Calling last year and remember that meeting well, too, especially for that strange feeling of desolation that I can't put my finger on, but you never expect suicide.

  • Which pub was it he worked at? I would like to be there.

    A pub in his home town will be after his funeral.

    Will have some funny (bizarre/disturbing) Josh stories up later because that's how I want to remember him.

  • RIP Josh.

  • Bye Josh. Gone but not forgotten.

  • Sad news indeed, I only met him once or twice, but it was enough to make an impression.
    Very sorry for every who knew him.

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RIP King Josh / Velo Libre

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